Are you opening a new physical therapy clinic or remodeling your current clinic? Now is a great time to evaluate your clinic layout. It is important each clinic is designed properly to create a more profitable therapy business and to be the most efficient you can be when treating patients.This blog was curated from an article written by Ed Hershman on July 31, 2017, for https://integrarehabsolutions.com. The original article can be found here.
Line of sight
Each pt or clinician should have a clear line of sight to monitor all of the activity in the clinic. If you are looking to buy or build a space, this is an important factor to keep in mind. Take your time to think this through before purchasing or leasing a space.
HIPPA regulations require clinics to be able to provide adequate space for patients to change attire, to be consulted, or to be treated if necessary. Patient comfort is key, and providing enough of this space will benefit you in the long run, even if you're just getting started.
Each therapist and their patient needs enough space to move around freely from one exercise to another. Make sure the floor plan takes into account the equipment size and patient space needs. If you are looking for a new space, keep in mind your practice could grow or require more or larger pieces of equipment- think about your future.
Proper lighting provides adequate light, but not overbearing brightness. An inviting atmosphere will promote better patient care. However, inadequate lighting can impede the therapist’s ability to provide quality care.
Avoid heavy carpeting or slippery laminate. Resistance is part of proper rehab, but too much or too little can be dangerous. A low pile, durable carpet will give you some resistance, good atmosphere, sound control, and ease of cleaning.
Designing your clinic can be very fun but remembering the essentials will make adding your personality that much easier! This is your health care entity, and your patients’ needs should define your choice of design.