As veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars age, the Department of Veterans Affairs has found the need to increase the number of Palliative Care facilities at their hospitals. Array was engaged to identify the best location for a new Palliative Care Unit in an existing 1960s facility with double-bedded patient rooms.
We conducted feasibility studies and test-fits of three possible locations within the hospital and recommended placing the unit on a floor that could provide significant cost savings. Additionally, since many older veterans are unable to depend upon consistent visits by friends and family, they rely heavily upon bonds formed with fellow patients, we designed generous common areas for veterans to congregate.
Providing patients with diverse and distinct public and private spaces, including an activity room, open dining room and tub rooms helped create a home-like therapeutic environment. that inspire a warmth of home such as fireplaces, aquariums, earth tone color palettes and luxury wood-look vinyl flooring make patients feel more at ease.
Photo Credit: Jeffrey Totaro