Biophilic Design in Healthcare

It is well known that Nature has a positive impact on health, wellbeing, and overall happiness.  There are multiple ways to incorporate Biophilic design in a healthcare setting through the optimization of spaces. Design your clinic with a focus on acoustic comfort, air quality, use of natural materials which positively impact the psychological and physiological state of a patient. According to a study, the introduction of biophilia within the healthcare sector spaces has reduced post-operative recovery by 8.5% and the use of pain medication by 22%. Find out how Quiet Earth Moss can help you with your next project.

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As healthcare facilities and boutique clinics move toward a more patient-centered, holistic model, more buildings are incorporating biophilic design. Essentially, it introduces elements of the natural environment into indoor spaces, fostering a human connection with nature.

Biophilic healthcare design can bring comfort and relieve anxiety to patients in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities. It can also help family members and friends cope as well as boost staff morale. There are many reasons to consider biophilic healthcare design for building managers, architects, and interior designers.

Biophilic Design and Healing Environments

There are several ways to incorporate biophilic architecture into healthcare design and optimize spaces with a patient-centered focus. To reach people with biophilic design, it’s best to incorporate multi-sensory stimuli. While views of the natural environment bring wide-ranging benefits, creating opportunities for patients to see, smell, and hear nature can have a more dramatic impact.

As one of the most essential components of biophilic design, natural lighting can benefit your patients and your energy bills. Interventions to maximize natural lighting might involve diffusion or temporally changing light throughout the day to mimic our circadian rhythm.

In addition, natural elements—both real and artificial—can boost patients’ connection with nature. Utilizing biomorphic patterns, and adding greenery to the space with indoor plants are great options.

When it’s not possible to add a window or retrofit your existing space, opportunities that imitate nature, such as preserved moss walls, offer a cost-effective, maintenance-free solution. Moss is not only antimicrobial and hypoallergenic due to its natural paraffin preservation process, but it also requires no natural lighting or watering.

Biophilic Design in Dental Clinics

In boutique clinics, innovative biophilic design creates an inviting environment with an efficient, functional layout. Finishes, textures, and colors should draw on nature to create a relaxed, open space for visitors. For example, biophilic design in dental clinics might involve wooden flooring, lush moss walls, and fractal patterns.

In sum, designers and architects can maximize natural lighting and capture the best outdoor views in patient treatment rooms for the best results. Additionally, simplicity in design can help reduce the anxiety and stress of visitors. Biophilic design is about thinking smarter to create the best experiences for patients and staff.

Biophilic Design Healthcare Benefits

Nearly every demographic will benefit from biophilic design. It offers wide-ranging benefits in healthcare, from reducing stress levels to mitigating pain. For example, when patient rooms have high-quality outdoor views, postoperative stays are typically shorter, patients require less pain medication, and recovery requires less time.

In addition, according to the gate control theory, neural mechanisms in the spinal cord, which can be influenced by psychological or emotional factors, play an important role in pain perception.

When a patient experiences positive feelings, such as relaxation via views of the natural environment, their focus on pain is reduced. In particular, natural features such as landscapes, waterscapes, and gardens can reduce patient stress, mitigate pain, and enhance wellness.

Above all else, biophilic design focuses on harnessing the restorative powers of nature to improve people’s mental and physical well-being. By replicating the psychological and emotional benefits people experience in natural environments, natural design helps promote healing, resilience, and relaxation.

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Promote Well-Being with Sustainable Biophilic Healthcare Design

Quiet Earth antimicrobial acoustic preserved moss walls and ezoBord moss planters enhance the visual and acoustic comfort of any space, creating a stunning addition in hospital lobbies, treatment rooms, and clinic waiting rooms. Contact us today to discuss design possibilities to transform your clinic or medical office into a comfortable, calming space for your patients.

The Quiet Earth Moss Difference

Quiet Earth Moss recognizes and harnesses the therapeutic qualities of nature with our stunning preserved moss products for healthcare clinic design. Create a unique biophilic environment with our handcrafted, maintenance-free moss installations.

  • 100% Custom Designed by You, Handmade by Us
  • Endless possibilities with design integration for your healthcare clinic
  • Backed by ezoBord panels to considerably absorb any unwanted sounds and maintain the level of quiet needed in a healthcare clinic
  • Our Moss walls are extremely easy to install and are lightweight as compared to living walls
  • Industry-leading delivery times
  • Requires no maintenance and 100% natural
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