Sunshine and fresh air used to be a common remedy doctors would recommend for many ailments, but a recent study by Heriot-Watt University’s School of the Built Environment and Qatar’s Hamad General Hospital Urology Department found that most doctors and nurses are able to better perform their jobs and believe patients recover better when daylight is available in the patient’s room. The study found that 79% of medical professionals felt they worked better in rooms with natural lighting, 77% felt they could better determine a patient’s recovery based on skin tone and similar indicators under natural light, and 78% felt that daylight was an integral part of the patient’s recovery, while an overwhelming 92% found they were more comfortable working in rooms with natural lighting.
With this study in mind, let’s take a look at the type of window treatments that can be effective in a healthcare setting:
- Blinds : Blinds are awesome in areas where you need to worry about sanitizing hard surfaces. If it’s in a patient room and the main concern is light control, vertical blinds often let a little more light through, whereas if privacy is a bigger issue, metal or vinyl horizontal blinds may be more effective at meeting your facility’s needs.
- Draperies: For longer-term patients or those in non-intensive-care wards, Draperies provide a bit of hominess to a room that can otherwise seem somewhat stark and unwelcoming. If you’re working in an older facility that could use some updating, draperies can also help improve energy efficiency and cut drafts.
- Shades: Whether you’re interested in rolling shades that provide significant room-darkening properties or honeycomb shades that provide privacy while filtering the sun’s glare, shades are a great way to add a variety of light-control options to your healthcare facility. To help cut labor costs, you can set up California motorized shading to automate the process at night, reducing ambient light from surrounding structures and helping patients receive higher-quality sleep.
- Awnings: If you have problem areas where the light entering the building is simply too intense, adding an awning to shade the window allows good-quality natural light into the room without allowing too much sun in. For awnings Ventura businesses find that we’ve provided the best service and selection over the years.
- Films: There are a variety of window films available that cut glare, provide privacy or even adjust from clear to opaque for different needs.
Now that you know the benefits of natural lighting in a healthcare settings and some options to consider, why not take a look at your available options? Find a local window treatment showroom that can offer you a great look at options before you need to invest. Window treatment companies with a long history in the community can provide you with excellent recommendations for your healthcare space.