Richard Turlington Architects, based in New Haven Connecticut, practices healthcare design in a completely holistic approach by considering the needs, goals and feelings of both the patients and the practitioners. When creating a space that patients and professionals will spend time in, Richard Turlington Architect's goals include creating tranquil environments that lend to healing. We have utilized this method of design for mental health hospitals, Oncology suites, exam rooms and in every other healthcare design we have created.
When creating healthcare design the importance and power of color can be overlooked so when our firm is considering the use of color, values, brightness and hues we often utilize Carl Jung's study of color or The Color Psychology. Enhancing the brightness of a color by adding white, changing the hue of a color and blending colors together will invoke immediate conscious reactions and also influence perceptions and behavior. Color evoke mood and this deep understanding of the significance of color is in the forefront of our healthcare design.
For instance the color blue is usually attributable to a masculine and corporate feelings. But a light hue of blue can create a perception of joy and calm.
Scents and textures are also important to any healthcare design. Citrus scents imbue different moods than rich leathers and sandalwood. We avoid using materials that have long lasting chemical trails which can the effect
Pain Management patients are sensitive and require different seating, beds, linens and lighting, than an in-patient psychiatric adolescent unit.
Memory Care is a very specialized long-term treatment program that provides treatment to patients with dementia, Alzheimer's and other forms of memory problems. Memory Care Patients and Memory care design have a uniquely special place at Richard Turlington Architects as Richard Turlington's father suffered for several years with Dementia and ultimately passed from complications in 2016. Understanding that each memory care patient is unique and there is no "one size fits all" design as to a space that feels safe and familiar to all, we do have a personal understating of the patients struggles as well as the families involved. Additionally we help the Chief Medical Officers, Facilities Directors and other staff create environments that are able to lend to the needs of each individual.
Memory care facilities are one of the fastest growing areas of geriatric healthcare and are growing at a staggering rate. Richard Turlington Architects is a part of the wellness movement.
As a patient can often feel scared and a clinician can feel protective we strive to create ways for both sides of the desk to interact with each other so that the concerns of all are met. Approachability is key in the healthcare designs of Richard Turlington Architects and is a concept we strive to implement while ensuring safe boundaries. When designing the offices of healthcare professionals and administrators we take the time to meet with them when we have the chance and listen to what they believe could make a more productive space. We often hear that natural light, comfortable and supportive desk chairs, and bright colors make the biggest difference is the quality of their time spent in their offices. Having an approachable happy practitioner helps create a patient friendly space without compromising the security or how their patients feels. Making healthcare environments that consider everyone and everything is what we do, and we do it with the users who we meet with and listen to along with decades of experience. Removing the barriers between the practitioner and the patient sets the patient and the staff on even ground and thus makes each staff member approachable and accountable.