Interior design. Infection control. How to find the right balance.
When it comes to infection control, every aspect of a care environment can help prevent the development and spread of germs – and the interior design is no exception.
While furnishings and fittings may be perceived as being somewhat secondary to items such as healthcare equipment, they actually play a pivotal role in combating infections.
But here’s the thing, the interior design solutions that perform the best when it comes to managing infection don’t necessarily always tend to perform particularly well when it comes to visual appeal.
Creating and maintaining the right environment is key within care home settings, particularly when it comes to showing visitors around for the first time. Like all venues, first impressions count, and having a welcoming and inviting environment gives off the right impression to visitors, as well as helps make residents feel right at home.
So, is it really possible for your interior design to look appealing and provide effective infection control? Yes, it is, and here are five ways you can go about striking the right balance between the two:
- Always choose vinyl or duo split fabrics on contact areas on chairs. Not only will your chairs have a longer lifespan, they’ll be much easier to keep clean and less likely to retain fluid and stains.
- Make sure that your freestanding furniture is fitted with castors, that way, they’ll be really easy to move around so that you can clean right underneath them, rather than around them.
- When selecting any item of furniture, make sure that it has a smooth finish. This will make it much easier and quicker to keep clean and less likely for any bacteria to gather in any nooks or crannies.
- Always remember to opt for a cap and coved floor vinyl, where possible (for wet areas), or (and) a good quality (Wood plank vinyl or) impervious carpet. Both of these options provide more of a seamless finish and are more of an effective barrier against any leaks or spillages.
- Once you’ve chosen your vinyl floor or impervious carpet, make sure that it’s fitted with the least number of seams. The fewer number of seams, the fewer places there are for germs to congregate.
- While it might initially seem that it’s not possible to create a care environment that ticks both the design and infection control boxes, it is possible with the right outlook and insight (just like the five points we’ve just shared with you above).
For more information or to discuss your interior design or infection control requirements with us, speak to your account management team on 03300 55 22 88.