gradstudent Member Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
I am a grad student at Arizona State and I am designing a Cancer Wellness Center for Women as my thesis for my Masters of Architecture. I am writing to any and all of you to ask what you feel, as first hand users, makes for a 'good' hospital/outpatient center and what makes a bad experience when it comes to the facilities. Has there been anything in particular about a building that has helped you feel more or less comfortable? I appreciate any response, I want to make sure I address actual concerns of patients in my design. Thank you.


  • rizzo15
    rizzo15 Member Posts: 153 Member
    I don't know if it is possible to design out these two features. But for out-patient surgeries, it is really depressing if you're waiting with your husband with an IV already inserted, the doctor gets delayed, and you spend close to an hour listening to really sad ballads on the recorded music system. Also, in the waiting area outside of recovery, it is kind of upsetting for the person waiting to drive you home to see person after person throwing up on the carpet on the way to their cars. I don't know if it is too dangerous to have a linoleum floor...but the messes could be cleared up a lot faster. And it might be less frightening for the "chauffer" group.
  • bc2miraclebaby
    bc2miraclebaby Member Posts: 32 Member
    There is definately something to the belief that Green tones are calming to the nervous system, but newer tones of mauve and teal are favotites of mine in decor and carpeting. Windows with natural light keeps the spirits up, as do green LIVE plants which refresh one's outlook to the continuation of life . I particularly enjoyed having a pleasant picture in the room which gave me something to reflect on instead of stark, clinical bare walls.Water scenes are nice but not too tropical as rest is important. I absoultely dread going into a hallway that is bare of carpet,cold,drafty looking with poor light.Paint on those block walls goes a long way to make even the staff feel less controlled and stifled,I think.
    Another decor item that makes me feel nurtured and comfortable are couches with plump pillows. Those hard,black vinyl waiting room chairs are tension creating in themselves.I sometimes have to bring my child along with me so a small area set aside for children is always appreciated while waiting.I know space is important and utilizing it is also a matter of cost effectiveness, but if my child is stressed, it only adds to my stress levels. It does not have to be large and noisy, just a few little people size chairs and a lego table or a few books.These are just some ideas. Good luck, the fact that you wish to create a great environment, means alot.