Patient Directed Care; Making Hallways Friendlier

Man sitting in EZ-Rest chairAs organizations struggle to find optimal ways to improve patient directed or patient centered care, the structure of their buildings is often a challenge. Visitors and patients often complain about the distance between departments, as well as from the garage to the necessary treatment center.

Many hospitals and outpatient settings are designed with long hallways and expansive corridors.  Finding a way to offer temporary seating in these areas has not been an easy task. Historically, benches have been added but often these posed safety challenge by taking up limited space. Recent changes to the Joint Commission 2012 Life Safety Codes enable wall attached furniture in hallways exceeding 8 feet in width which certainly will help make seating access a bit easier.

Improving the overall patient and family experience associated with hospital and healthcare delivery is a quickly expanding goal today. Getting around health care buildings is a common challenge throughout the world. Frequently, staff members offer patients and visitors wheelchairs in order to transport those who become fatigued to their destinations. Optimal patient centered care is being designed to support the staff’s ability to ensure patients and visitors safety.  Meanwhile, assuring conformance with multiple regulatory requirements remains an ongoing component in the new patient directed care approach.

EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® is now being used by organizations to support patient directed care by providing  temporary “Rest Stations” in key locations throughout their facilities.

EZ-Rest, Inc. is committed to providing a viable solution to improve patient’s experiences in the healthcare delivery environment. One Canadian organization, Kingston General Hospital initially placed eight EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chairs in their hallways. In less than a year, the organization added three more seats to improve their accessibility. Please feel free to read more about their experience by  clicking this link.

If your organization is interested in learning more about how EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair®, the only self-retracting wall  mounted seating can improve your patient directed care efforts, please contact us today.