|If I Had My Way...
||[Oct. 4th, 2018|12:57 pm]
... I would design hospitals around quadrangles full of trees and grass and running water. The wards would be single storey with lots of windows- all of which would open- and there would be doors into the gardens- wide enough to wheel a bed through. Every bed would command a view of the world outside and every wall that wasn't glass would be brightly painted and/or display specially commissioned works of art. Ceilings would be reasonably high- and corridors- if we had to have them- as airy and well lit as the wards.It would be a guiding principle that no space should have to be lit by artificial light except on very dark days and at night...|
Yes. Not just hospitals, but places like my Dad is at...it's ugly, old, ugly and so very institutional.
Yes, does it cost so very much more to make places attractive?
Right now, they are remodeling but the 'new' rooms don't look much better than the others. I had a look down the hall yesterday and there are PeptoPink (are you familiar with Pepto Bismal?) and horrible lavender colored ones. If I had to be in a room like that I'd be sicker, I think.
I think we call it pepto-bismuth- but I know what you mean.
A place like that would be very good medicine for both the ill and their families. There are a few but not enough.
The care home my uncle lived in was very much like you describe. Even the corridors had long stretches of windows. He died last June but I remember thinking what a bright and cheery place it was.
It can't be hard to build hospitals and nursing homes to be user-friendly, can it?
yes this would be better
the stacked boxes with no air or light
they've just discovered the curtains in hospitals
are major disease beds- no one bothered
to change/clean them
so separate cubicles instead of curtains are in the future,
raising the ceiling (many here are drop down with tiles)won't hurt
there is a architect that is on a strong campaign to make
hospitals healthier this would be a great addition.
The hospital my mother was in is a "stacked box" It's not totally frightful- I've known worse- but it falls far short of my ideal.
I think I'd settle for the quadrangle and the trees, big windows, and beds oriented toward the windows instead of a crummy wall. Even if I were a patient in a third-floor room, being able to see the leaves swaying in the breeze would be wonderful.
But then The Management wouldn't be able to inflict never-ending television on the patients and their visitors.
O God, yes, television!
My mother was in a single room and could have turned the TV off if she'd wanted- but she didn't. She spends a lot of time with the TV; she doesn't know what she's watching but it's something to look at, I suppose.
I was thinking about the former isolation ward I worked on as a young man. It had some of the features of my ideal (it was set on a hill top on the moors above Sheffield) and I used it as a basis for improvisation.