Skilled Nursing Facility Design

Skilled Nursing Facility Design

Since skilled nursing facilities serve as an institution for non-acute and long term conditions, it is important to create a homelike environment that is not only sensitive to patient needs, but to their physical and emotional well-being, too. With over 30 years of experience in skilled nursing facility designing and remodeling, Baldwin Architectural Group specializes in creating enriching, safe spaces for patient care in the Metro Atlanta and Georgia area.

Therapeutic Design Elements for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Environment is incredibly important when it comes to patient recovery. It’s especially important to create a space that’s homelike, rather than institutional, with lots of natural light, inviting décor, and views of the outside. In addition, it is important to be mindful of the following elements:

  • Provide each resident a variety of spatial experiences, which include access to a courtyard or outdoor area.
  • Create a warm and inviting environment that promotes individuality and privacy choices. This will encourage resident autonomy, allowing residents to have a space that is easy to find and identify.
  • Choose healing hues such as blues and greens that create a calming effect for patients, families, and staff.
  • Make concerted efforts to alleviate the possibility of disorientation of residents.
  • Provide higher lighting levels than typical residential buildings.
  • Resemble a residential exterior appearance (not hospital like).
Keeping these considerations in mind when building a skilled nursing facility will not only make patients feel comfortable, but their families and loved ones, too. An experienced commercial architecture firm, like Baldwin Architectural Group, can suggest a functional design that is well suited for a skilled nursing facility.

Accessibility in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Many patients living in a skilled nursing facility may be able to move with ease, while other patients may require walkers or wheelchairs for assistance. To accommodate these residents, it is important that all spaces, inside and out, comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA). Additionally, skilled nursing facilities should:

  • Design spaces so that all furnishings, equipment, spaces, etc. be easily accessible by wheelchairs.
  • Incorporate grab bars in appropriate areas.
  • Keep tripping hazards at bay.

Incorporating Way-Finding into Skilled Nursing Facilities

When redesigning or building a skilled nursing facility, it’s also important to create a consistent and well thought out system of way-finding. Way-finding can help residents avoid disorientation and maintain autonomy through their everyday routine. Way-finding in a skilled nursing home should:

  • Incorporate clues from building elements, colors, patterns, and signage to help residents determine where they are and where their destination is.
  • Utilize symbols, art, signage and other elements to identify frequently used areas.
  • Clearly identify rooms that residents will frequent and provide visual access to the main destinations.
Creating clear signage for main destinations will compensate for patient’s loss of memory and spatial understanding, making way-finding an important consideration in a skilled nursing facility.

Contact an Experienced Skilled Nursing Facility Architect

Being aware of aesthetics, spatial elements, and design is incredibly important when building a skilled nursing facility. It takes an experienced architect to deliver a homelike atmosphere that is calming to patients, families, and staff. Baldwin Architectural Group is an experienced and knowledgeable commercial architecture firm that is sensitive to both patient and facility needs.

If you are interested in learning more about Baldwin Architectural Group’s skilled nursing facility designs or remodels, fill out our online contact form or call us at 404-406-9041 to schedule a free consultation.

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