Your office and exam room décor seems like an insignificant factor for your practice or health center, but ambiance can make a huge difference in your patient’s experience. Walking into a drab, colorless office can add to anxiety. No physician wants that for their patients. On the flip side, décor that is too busy or distracting can, unfortunately, have a similar effect. So, why else is it important to find beauty and balance? Here are a few reasons your office décor matters and helpful tips to improve it.
Remember, patients don’t want to be in your office
No offense, but patients would rather be just about anywhere else than your health center. It’s a workplace for you but a source of great stress for most. That’s why having an inviting waiting room can make an impact on your patients’ morale. It won’t cure all of their trepidations, but even a little dose of cheer can provide a positive mood boost.
Clutter is the enemy of calm
Regardless of your décor goals, no one wants to provide an aesthetic that causes increased anxiety. That leads to job number one. Reduce your office’s clutter. Not just in your waiting room but also your exam areas. Remove items like old storage bins and file cabinets that are no longer in use. Remember, keep your exam rooms clean and simple.
Exam room redesign for efficiency
Beyond the surface reasons for redesigning, there are also productivity factors. If you find yourself bumping into things and having difficulty locating needed items, there’s a good chance you need to plan a better layout. Additionally, ensure your patients have sufficient space for their items. Don’t cramp them. And speaking of cramped spaces, when choosing storage solutions, go sleek and efficient. Large, clunky furniture will make the room feel small and stuffy.
Make it personal
Say you enjoy sailing on the weekends. Or you like to hit the trails and enjoy nature. Bring some of your external passions into the office. Decorating with a theme can provide a fun, unified look that your patients will appreciate. It may even spark a conversation that will enable your patients to allow their minds to drift away from their appointment. Even if it’s for a mere second or two, those peaceful moments have a positive impact.
Hire a professional
If it’s in your budget, consider hiring a professional decorator. It completely removes the stress from you and your staff and places the task in the hands of an expert. Many professionals can even craft a plan to improve your office’s flow and efficiency. You won’t even have to lift a finger.
Whether you choose to decorate your office yourself, or you hire a professional. The right décor can make a positive impact on your health center or practice. Speaking of positive impacts. Need improved revenue to go along with your new décor? Contact us today and we’ll optimize your revenue. (we don’t decorate though).