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The Value of a Quality Hospital Bed

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
A good hospital bed can significantly improve the quality of life for your patients.

A good hospital bed can significantly improve the quality of life for your patients.

Hospital beds are incredibly important for patients that may be bedridden. Unlike regular beds, hospital beds maximize comfort for patients who need to use them for extended periods of time. Their customizable features also make them easily adjustable. Here are a few reasons why a quality hospital bed is so important for your patients:
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How ACA is Shaping Interior Design Trends in Healthcare

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
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The ACA is changing interior design trends in the Medical industry.

Many interior designers see healthcare as the less interesting side of the design world, but the importance of interior design for medical facilities cannot be understated. And with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, designers must be able to adapt to the changing circumstances of the healthcare industry. The ACA reimburses healthcare providers for outcomes (patient satisfaction, fewer readmissions) instead of services rendered, which means design that improves the patient experience has never been more important. Here are just a few of the growing trends in healthcare interior design practices. (more…)

Healthcare Furniture Tips for Designing Patient Rooms

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
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Everyone is happier when you choose the right healthcare furniture for your patients’ rooms.

Designing patient rooms in healthcare facilities is a hugely important touch to the care and service that you provide to patients. Cleanliness and professionalism are obviously high priorities, but so should be comfort — both for patients and their loved ones. Finding the right combination of comfort and function is key when choosing healthcare furniture and designing patient rooms. Here are a few tips from Edwards & Hill to create the ultimate patient room. (more…)

Qualities when Choosing Healthcare Furniture

Friday, March 20th, 2015

With so many healthcare options available today, many facilities are working hard to make positive first impressions on patients. The healthcare is industry is becoming highly competitive, so any upper hand a facility can take to ensure positive patient experience and effective treatment is taken. One way facilities are reaching this upper hand is through healthcare furniture. Instead of purchasing the first items they see, more facilities are taking their time to research and shop around for their healthcare furniture. When looking for their healthcare furniture, facilities are beginning to look for the following:

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  • Durable Materials- A healthcare facility sees a number of patients and visitors in a day. Because of so much activity, your healthcare furniture should be created with durable fabrics and materials to withstand the day to day activity. Make an investment in your healthcare furniture to avoid having to replace your furniture after a year or two.
  • Hygienic- Not only will your healthcare furniture need to be durable, it needs to be sanitary and clean as well. Choose furniture that is made from vinyl and acrylic to help prevent stains and resist moisture.
  • Antimicrobial- Your healthcare furniture should be created with materials such as aluminum, finished hardwood, or steel to ensure bacteria and other dirt doesn’t seep into the fibers. Furniture can also be treated with barriers to prevent moisture from seeping in as well.
  • Moveable- As technology continues to change and treatments shift, your healthcare facility may need to change layouts and rearrange the healthcare furniture. Pieces should be able to be moved around easily to help ensure an easy change in layout. Time shouldn’t be wasted by attempting to move a piece of healthcare furniture.
  • Modern- Old and outdated healthcare furniture can give patients and visitors the wrong impression of your facility. Choose more modern furniture to help reflect your modern treatments and equipment.

 

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is proud to furnish hospitality businesses as well as providing quality furniture for corporate offices, educational settings, local casinos, and healthcare facilities. Tony Hill, Managing Partner, and Hans Edwards, Partner, have been working together since 1998 to provide quality multimedia and furniture products and services to a number of different businesses and industries.

To get started with Edwards & Hill, call us today at 301-317-4250. You can also fill out our online contact form to ask specific questions about one of our specific services.

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Healthcare Furniture Trends to Watch

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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As we continue to move forward in the New Year, many healthcare facilities are reevaluating how they design the interior of their work environment. In years past we have seen healthcare facilities focus strictly on the medical portion of care, leaving the interior of their facilities drab and cold. However, the focus is now shifting to provide personalized and comfortable services for patients. Here are some of the new trends in healthcare furniture that are changing the ways we look at healthcare facilities.

  • Warmth- Instead of having cold, sterile interiors, healthcare furniture is now being used to make rooms feel comfortable and more like home. This means that more rooms are including sets of furniture that work in a set to give the feeling of being home rather than being in a hospital room or other healthcare facility. Healthcare furniture for these rooms typically includes a bedside table or cabinet, headwalls, and possibly a wardrobe. Healthcare furniture is also being used to not only make the patient feel more comfortable, but the family as well. Subtle lounges are being used to make the facility feel more welcoming and let the family relax while waiting for their loved one.
  • Personalized- Healthcare furniture is being used to help personalize the rooms for the patients as they arrive. Boards are being used to help the staff and the patient communicate more effectively while areas are being designated to hold family photos and flowers for the patient.
  • Multifunctional- While trying to reach the goal of creating a more welcoming environment for patients, healthcare furniture is also being created to serve more than one purpose in order to save room and become more efficient. This means that lounge furniture is being created to double as a storage unit while tables are being created to support technology.

 

 

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is proud to provide quality furniture for healthcare facilities, educational settings, local casinos, hospitality businesses and corporate offices. Tony Hill, Managing Partner, and Hans Edwards, Partner, have been working together since 1998 to provide quality multimedia and furniture products and services to a number of different businesses and industries. Some of our celebrated projects include those with Maryland Live Casino, Baltimore Horseshoe Casino, Agriculture and Transportation, and the U.S. Departments of Defense.

To get started with Edwards & Hill, call us today at 301-317-4250. You can also fill out our online contact form to ask specific questions about one of our specific services.

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Healthcare Facilities Helping our Aging Population

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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A large percentage of our nation’s population is nearing the age, or already past the age of 65. We are entering a period where our elders are learning to give up their freedoms while the younger generation is learning ways to help the transition. Our population is beginning to live longer, but not necessarily in the best shape. Those over the age of 65 are beginning to lose their balance, hearing, and sight, making it difficult to live alone. In 2012 alone, almost 24,000 adults over the age of 65 passed away as a result from a fall. That same year, over 2.4 million adults over the age of 65 were treated in emergency rooms as a result from a fall.

This is why many are beginning to move to a number of different healthcare facilities to ensure their safety. As these healthcare facilities begin to see an increase in numbers, they are finding ways to ensure the safety of their inhabitants while not infringing on their rights as human beings. Healthcare facilities are incorporating furniture that is sturdier and eliminating pieces that can be easily broken or pushed over should someone fall. Healthcare facilities are also using lighting, contrasting colors, and striping to help those living within the facility. Lighting is being installed along hallways and walkways to make it easier to see. Contrasting colors are used when installing new toilet seats and baths, which help those who are dealing with cataracts and glaucoma to see the porcelain better. Striping is being incorporated with stairs and ledges to show the drop, helping to prevent falls.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is proud to furnish healthcare facilities as well as providing quality furniture for hospitality businesses, educational settings, local casinos, and corporate offices. Tony Hill, Managing Partner, and Hans Edwards, Partner, have been working together since 1998 to provide quality multimedia and furniture products and services to a number of different businesses and industries.

To get started with Edwards & Hill, call us today at 301-317-4250. You can also fill out our online contact form to ask specific questions about one of our specific services.

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The World of Healthcare Textiles just got Easier

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Healthcare TextilesThe world of textiles is a confusing one. With so many different options and styles, even the most qualified designer can drown, let alone a beginner in the world of interior design. Add the healthcare factor and your textile world just became ten times more confusing than before. The healthcare profession adds another layer of difficulty because of its specific needs and demands when it comes to textiles. Luckily for interior designers dealing with the healthcare industry, the search for textiles just become a lot easier.

This past NeoCon, many manufacturers rolled out new healthcare fabrics. Their websites have tools that can be used to educate those within the field on healthcare textiles. The information provided can be used to gain a better understanding of the industry and the specifications that come with the healthcare environment. Using the right textile can improve the performance of the caregiver, ultimately improving the experience of the patient. It can also improve the mood and calm the nerves of an anxious patient. Companies like C.F. Stinson have come up with “Positive Distraction” fabrics specifically for use in pediatric areas. The information provided on these websites will allow designers to choose the best textile for both performance and aesthetics. Some other manufacturers of healthcare fabrics include:

  • Momentum
  • Maharam
  • Pallas Textiles

 

Once you have clicked on a healthcare-specific textile, you are given information about the textile including:

  • Protective Finish
  • Abrasion
  • Stain Cleanability
  • Environmental Impact
  • Characteristics
  • Performance

 

If you are still having trouble deciding on a fabric, give Edwards & Hill a call, and one of their knowledgeable designers can assist you in picking out the proper fabric for your environment. We can also assist in ordering fabric samples to make your decision easier.

If the designer has already chosen a fabric, they should then make their way to Edwards & Hill Office Furniture, where we offer an array of medical and healthcare furniture to match your chosen textiles and increasing the overall productivity of your caregivers.

 

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install hospitality furniture. We provide interior design and layout services from start to finish. We can even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 301-317-4250 today! We are here to serve you!

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Colors for Healthcare Facilities

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Healthcare FacilitiesAfter a discussion with the director of Sherwin-Williams color marketing Jackie Jordan, it would appear that many healthcare facilities have the wrong idea when it comes to color schemes throughout their facilities. While some facilities may believe they are doing the right thing when painting accent walls or using certain colors, they are actually making some major mistakes. There are plenty of ways to incorporate colors throughout healthcare facilities; you just have to approach each room and facility individually.

The main mistake commonly found in healthcare facilities is the use of the wrong colors in the wrong areas. Ultimately, each specific area should have its use determined before any painting takes place. Whether the space is to be used as a waiting area, activity area, patient room, or exam area; the space should then be observed for surfaces that cannot change. This includes flooring, countertops, and work stations. These surfaces should be used as inspiration for the rest of the room.

Bright reds and yellows are commonly misused in areas where more subdued colors should be incorporated. Should reds and yellows be used, activity areas for children are the perfect place to use them. These bright colors can make other patients and older patients more anxious, especially when awaiting news. Instead, there should be a balance of both cool and warm colors throughout the rooms. Cool colors like blues and greens help create a relaxing and calm atmosphere for patients and visitors. Warm colors will help balance the room and incorporate a comforting atmosphere. If an accent wall is wanted, use the wall behind the bed of the patient. Brighter colors can become distracting for patients, so accent walls should never be placed directly in front of them. Curtains used for windows and as room dividers are also great ways to incorporate pops of color throughout a facility.

Edwards and Hill Office Furniture is proud to furnish healthcare facilities as well as providing quality furniture for hospitality businesses, educational settings, local casinos, and corporate offices. Tony Hill has been partnering with Hans Edwards since 1998 to provide quality multimedia and furniture services to a number of different businesses and industries.

To get started with Edwards and Hill, call us today at 301-317-4250. You can also fill out our online contact form to ask specific questions about one of our specific services.

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http://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/article/healing-hues-choosing-paint-colors-healthcare

Furniture Companies and the Future: What Lies Ahead

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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The excitement and stress from preparing and participating in NeoCon has seemed to vanish, leaving in its wake the opportunity for businesses to take a breath and focus on the past quarter and their numbers. Two big names in the industry, Herman Miller and Steelcase, have released their numbers for this past quarter of the fiscal year. While their numbers show that both businesses have little to worry about by way of success, they are still not at the goals set by Wall Street or the company itself.

 

President and CEO of Steelcase Jim Keane believes that balancing out factory workloads will help to bring numbers up to where they are needed. The company plans to close two of it’s factories, one in France and one in North Carolina, and distribute the workload to an already established factory. They are looking at another factory in North America as well as a factory in Spain to distribute the work to. The company believes that their overall message is quite clear to both employees and customers alike while their brands continue to gain momentum in the industry.

 

Herman Miller CEO Brian Walker believes that while certain brands are pivotal in helping his company reach success, all brands are essential in it’s success. Herman Miller has found success in brands like Nemschoff and POSH, while other brands need more attention and work to reach their goals. Nemschoff still remains the leading brand in healthcare furniture while POSH remains a leader in the furniture industry in China. While both companies show no signs of worry, the current forecast for the fiscal year projects number that are failing to reach their goals. The companies are working to create a stable project environment while focusing more on production in Europe and Asia.

 

Edwards and Hill Office Furniture is proud to furnish local casinos as well as providing quality furniture for corporate offices, hospitality businesses, educational settings, and healthcare facilities. Tony Hill has been partnering with Hans Edwards since 1998 to provide quality multimedia and furniture services to a number of different businesses and industries.

 

To get started with Edwards and Hill, call us today at 301-317-4250. You can also fill out our online contact form to ask specific questions about one of our specific services.

 

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Healthcare Design and the Personal Touch

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

According to a recent article in Healthcare Design, focus in the healthcare industry has been shifting to and sharpening on something unexpected: the visitor experience. While patients have been and remain the top priority for any healthcare facility, more attention is being paid to their loving families and friends who often have to end up spending just as much time in the hospital as the patient themselves does, and who are a vital part of the patient’s treatment process. In order to make visitor centers more welcoming, the healthcare industry is putting a new emphasis on interior design.

The waiting rooms of yesterday had far too much in common with the rest of the hospital: they were spare and sterile. Now, they are becoming more unique; designers are committed to customizing and personalizing the experience as much as possible for visitors. This is leading to less traditional layouts, with different kinds of seating options (think roll-out sofas and reclining chairs) so that everyone can be comfortable, as well as special, additional features to waiting areas, such as meditation centers or reading rooms.

Another aspect of the visitor experience that healthcare centers are taking into consideration is that the family and friends of a patient have to make sacrifices in order to spend time with their loved one. To help with this, hospitals are also moving towards creating technology-friendly areas for people to work in, whether on their laptop, tablet, or even their smart phones so that they do not fall behind on their responsibilities while they are at the hospital.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture knows that in order for your business to perform at the top of the pack, you have to start with the essentials: quality furniture. Do you have questions about interior healthcare design or any office furniture innovations on the market? Call us today for more information.

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Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install hospitality furniture. We provide interior design and layout services from start to finish. We can even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 301-317-4250 today! We are here to serve you!

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