For the average person, one of the most uncomfortable places in the world is the doctor’s office. The un-ergonomic chairs in the waiting room, the stark, white walls and long hallways, the rubbing alcohol smell of sterility — they can all add to a patient’s sense of trepidation for even the most routine visit. Even the nurses and other practitioners who have to work there can begin to feel trapped, the falsely cheery posters and bright works of art serving only to mock them.
Enter multisensory office design. The old trend of sameness in a medical practice is completely overturned when you consider the effect that the sensory experience can have on both your patients and your employees. If you want to create a space where your nurses love to be and your patients are eager to return, a multisensory office design could be the right move.
Our Environment Affects How We Feel
Remember the last time you entered a building and found yourself completely immersed in the experience of simply being there? That is a multisensory experience, and research shows that this kind of experience promotes positive thinking and feeling. When your office gently engages all the senses and incorporates natural elements to do so, your clients will feel more at ease both while sitting in the inevitable waiting room and while receiving care.
Our Environment Affects How We Work
A multisensory experience doesn’t necessarily need to be an overstimulating one. In fact, the best multisensory office designs create an environment that is pleasant enough to enjoy, but peaceful enough to push to the background. Quiet instrumental music, muted earthy colors, natural materials, and a few scented candles can help practitioners reach just the right balance between relaxation and productivity.
Our Environment Affects How We Communicate
In any office setting, communication is important — and this is doubly true for the communication between a healthcare provider and his or her patient. But if your office environment creates — or at any rate, doesn’t work to prevent — a feeling of tension, anxiety, or unease in the patient, communication will be limited. And if the practitioner feels that there is no room to breathe in the office, let alone think, he could miss something.
A multisensory approach to office design just makes sense, no matter what type of care you provide. Antham Construction has the experience and innovation that your office needs to take it from average to out-of-this-world. Contact us today to find out how we can create a multisensory experience for your employees and your patients.