Designing better mental healthcare facilities

COVER STORY: A healing design combines aesthetics and purpose

A welcoming and aesthetically pleasing environment plays a crucial role in supporting service-user well-being.

Specifically in mental health facilities, the significance of aesthetics cannot be underestimated. They can directly impact the emotional state and overall experience of individuals receiving treatment and care. Service-users can experience heightened vulnerability, and a home-like environment can provide a sense of security and familiarity. Comfortable furniture, cosy lounges, soft textiles, and calming wallcoverings, can all help make service-users feel at ease.

Yet with safety key, the discreet incorporation of products specially designed for mental health environments can significantly enhance safety and security without compromising aesthetics. Intastop is an expert in designing products that perform crucial ligature reduction while also considering the needs and experiences of service-users. From doortop alarms to removable doorstops, continuous hinges, and vision panels, all have been designed to prioritise patient safety without appearing overtly clinical. See

 An excellent example of blending safety and aesthetics is the use of Intastop products in a woodeffect finish, as within adult mental health inpatient facilities operated by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH). This approach not only minimises potential ligature points, and gives quick and easy access to rooms when needed, but also adds a touch of warmth and elegance to the overall environment. See https://tinyurl. com/5cv4mxd6 To see some of Intastop’s products, arrange a free consultation with its team via:

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