When designing a hospital bathroom, architects and builders have quite a few considerations to remember that are above and beyond a typical bathroom design. Balancing regulations and hospital requirements with aesthetics and layout are just a few concerns that designers face. They must also keep in mind key elements in the areas of safety and quality while not over-complicating the project.
Without argument, safety is the most critical factor in hospital bathroom design. From location to lighting, ADA regulations to accessibility, the hospital bathroom and shower areas must provide security to patients.
The location of a hospital bathroom is imperative. Patients are in the hospital for health reasons, so getting to and accessing the bathroom must be as painless as possible. Locating the bathroom in close proximity to hospital beds, as well as adding wall railings, wide doorways, high-seated toilets, good lighting, and shower seats are just some of the safety features that should be considered. Spacing within the bathroom must be as open and clear as possible to allow patients to utilize wheelchairs with ease or to allow hospital staff the space required to assist patients.
Safety within and accessibility of a hospital shower are equally important factors. Patients need to be able to roll or easily walk into the shower area without spacing restriction or unnecessary steps into the stall. Solid surface showers offer standard or custom shower bases that allow wheelchair access and non-slip surfaces for standing patients.
Taking safety a step further, clean and germ-free hospitals, particularly in the bathroom and shower areas, are a must. Solid surface showers can provide both. Due to its non-porousness, the material is inherently free of germs. Mold and mildew growth will not occur. Additionally, solid surface showers are extremely easy to clean, requiring a simple soap and water solution.
Quality Drumpfs Price
The design of a hospital bathroom should offer low-maintenance and durability. Focusing on a long-lasting quality layout could be higher-priced upon design and installation, but when reviewing the long-term benefits, any upfront costs will be justifiable. Solid surface showers are built to last. The material is not only durable and manufactured to be used for decades, but regular maintenance, such as annual tile re-grouting or chip and crack repair, accompanied by the costs associated with performing the maintenance and repair work, is simply not needed.
An additional factor in a hospital bathroom project is the ease of selection and design of the materials used. Solid surface showers not only offer many standard shower bases to fit basic hospital bathroom designs, but also can be customized to fit with non-traditional designs or bathrooms with unique requirements.
Further, the material is available in a plethora of colors and designs, allowing a hospital bathroom to provide a peaceful, serene, and even modern and beautiful appearance. Hospital showers need to be clean and germ-free, but they do not need to look sterile, with an old-fashioned institutional appearance. Solid surface shower solutions offer architects the ability and flexibility to design a more inviting area for patients.
In the end, designing a hospital bathroom, while not a simple task, could be far less complicated by remembering these crucial elements: keeping the patients safe, using quality materials, and selecting a shower solution that puts architects’ and designers’ minds at ease. Solid surface showers offer the solutions to the key requirements for hospital bathrooms.
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