HCD 2022

Creating
Places
to Belong

IN HEALTH

Creating a place where patients, families, and caregivers feel like they belong is more than providing a patient room, waiting space, or workstation. It’s about connecting to a greater purpose and supporting individual needs. It’s about balancing hybrid environments, prioritizing flexibility, supporting inclusion and belonging, and focusing on overall health and well-being.

Kimball International believes it’s essential to create environments where each individual feels safe and valued. From adaptable spaces designed to support a variety of users and activities to carefully curated environments that focus on individual needs and well-being, healthcare environments must accommodate the needs of all and include elements that create spaces that can support better outcomes.

BALANCING HYBRID ENVIRONMENTS

Collaboration and connection happen within all areas of healthcare facilities. Whether facilitating a virtual care session or taking a personal video call in a waiting area or breakroom — patients, families, and caregivers want to feel confident and accommodated in their hybrid interactions.

PRIORITIZING FLEXIBILITY

In today’s health environments, adaptability and flexibility are critical. Spaces must be responsive to the different needs of facilities to maximize efficiency and the quality of care.

FOCUSING ON INCLUSION AND BELONGING

Inclusion and belonging are felt differently between patients, families, and caregivers. Patients need to feel like their care is curated to them and their own unique needs. Families need to feel like they belong on the care journey with their loved ones. And caregivers need to feel a sense of belonging through culturally compelling and engaging places that support all types of users.

SUPPORTING HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

By placing physical and mental health as a top priority, we can create spaces that support overall wellness and mitigate burnout among caregivers. Settings where teamwork thrives and new work styles are supported, paired with environments where caregivers can relax and recharge, lead to greater job satisfaction, reduced stress, and more responsive patient service.