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Deliver the Right Message to Your Visitors

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Over the past two years, many patient care sites strengthened their visitation policies out of necessity, taking care to protect residents from virus exposure. Most of these policies remain in place, making it easier to check in visitors and to monitor their whereabouts. But are facilities also paying attention to the other signals they might be sending visitors about the quality of their operations?

Having a standardized screening procedure at the front door, with the technology to support it, will send the message that a facility’s owners care about resident and visitor safety. But won’t all that goodwill go for naught if the environment of care isn’t as carefully planned?

It takes no more than a few moments for someone new to your facility to judge whether the setting appears warm and home-like or cold and institutional. We at Furniture Concepts can help you design spaces that convey a sense of comfort, security, and attention to detail.

Our diverse collections feature time-tested, low-maintenance designs that allow you to tailor your space to the needs of the population you serve. Our product lines also help to create a welcoming environment, an impression that won’t be lost on those visiting for the first time. They’ll be left with the clear sense that this is a care setting where the person they care about can make progress.

In response to COVID-19, facility directors invested in everything from temperature scanning to facial recognition technology to allow them to reopen to the community, bringing back visitors safely. But always keep in mind that it’s the home-like features of your environment of care that will leave the strongest and most lasting impression. Let us work with you to create spaces that are most welcoming to residents, staff, and visitors alike.

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Efficient Design Creates an Attractive Workplace

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Long before “The Great Resignation” became part of our national lingo, healthcare organizations were struggling to attract and retain a high-quality workforce. According to a 2020 report from Nursing Solutions, Inc., the typical health facility saw a staggering turnover of nearly 90% of its staff between 2015 and 2019. There is no sign that this pace will slow anytime soon, which makes it essential for organizations to do all they can to make their workplaces employee-friendly.

In today’s environment, the design of your care settings becomes more than a patient wellness issue alone. Efficient, safe design also will make a difference for healthcare staff who can often feel overworked and underappreciated. At a time when employees routinely find themselves doing more in facilities with staff vacancies, a setting that isn’t meeting patient needs will just add to their tasks — and their frustration.

Our furniture for healing environments combines form and function in a way that maximizes safety for patients and employees. Safe design greatly reduces the risk of medical errors, one of the biggest drivers of workplace stress. Our pieces also can be configured to encourage patient interaction, which in turn can reduce the everyday burden on staff.

The vast majority of employee departures from healthcare organizations are voluntary, and workplace quality factors such as workload and scheduling are major contributors, according to the Nursing Solutions report. An efficient work environment can reduce feelings of burnout and will minimize the potential for mistakes that cause harm.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the healthcare industry will add around 2.4 million new jobs between 2019 and 2029. With the demand for talent continuing to exceed the supply for some time to come, organizations must do more to make themselves an attractive landing spot for an increasingly mobile healthcare workforce. Let us help you create a work setting that reflects the best of your organization.

 

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Making a Difference in the Lives of the Underserved

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There is nothing more rewarding for a helping professional than having a positive impact on the lives of the underserved. The twin pandemics of COVID-19 and social injustice continue to shine a light on the needs of the historically marginalized. We at Furniture Concepts are honored to play a part in helping those who work every day to touch the lives of the too-often forgotten.

Back in the 1990s, the Archives of Family Medicine published a study based on surveys of physicians and other medical professionals who were committed to working with low-income patients. The researchers found that these professionals shared a strong sense of serving humanity. They also thrived on being able to translate limited resources into creative ways to meet their patients’ human needs. That concept dictates what we offer our partners: affordable, effective options that help them maximize the therapeutic impact of their care settings.

Much attention lately has focused on assisting hard-to-reach populations through telehealth. But even those who are most bullish on advanced technology for health care admit there’s no substitute for face-to-face contact in building a therapeutic relationship. This is where our expertise comes in, as we use careful design and high-quality materials to help you create environments of care that maximize patient interaction and wellness.

Our lines have been compassionately designed with patients’ needs in mind, never cutting corners on safety. We feel privileged to help you create the healing spaces that will improve your patients’ outcomes.

We know that serving the disadvantaged can be trying. Progress is often incremental, and setbacks can be expected. But the most effective helping professionals persevere, just as their patients must. Let us partner with you to enhance your success in working with the underserved.