Elements of nature have always been used for healing purposes, to help people restore their health both physically and mentally. We’ve all experienced the rejuvenating benefits of nature, and often look to find ways of incorporating it into our everyday life, including within healthcare facilities and hospital design.
The current global pandemic has changed the way companies have been communicating and marketing with their audiences and customers. It’s evident that client-focused efforts are more important than ever, as many are realizing that operating ‘normally’, or returning ‘back to normal’ may not be achievable. Reaching back to our grassroots of client-focused marketing may be the way to maximize client relationships from a physical distance.
As many countries around the world are slowly lifting restrictions, many workplaces and businesses are excited to be returning to some semblance of normality. However, there are many guidelines that need to be in place to ensure re-opening and returning to regular working arrangements can be done in a safe manner. Here are some back to work considerations for returning to the workplace during the pandemic’s downturn.
There’s no arguing that the current coronavirus pandemic has changed many facets of life. One such aspect is how architects are now approaching hospital design, and how these projects will be able to impact healthcare workers’ ability to safely treat patients amidst the epidemic. With healthcare workers making up 10% of Canadian COVID-19 cases and 20% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., Italy and Spain, it is essential that healthcare facilities are safe for patients and staff. COVID-19 is also changing how hospitals can alter their current spaces to handle COVID-19 patients as the virus continues to spread, presenting with a number of complicated considerations.
Following the SARS outbreak, hospitals across Canada started actively preparing for a major epidemic. But no one was prepared for the scale of pandemic that we are currently experiencing with COVID-19. The impact on hospitals across the country and in particular, the impacts on long-term care facilities, has been unprecedented.
Following the SARS outbreak in 2003, architects and designers had even more motivation to take into account how their projects could create healthier buildings, especially during epidemics and outbreaks. With this in mind, Parkin has created designs for many hospitals and healthcare facilities that incorporate new concepts. How are our projects incorporating designs to cope with current and future pandemics? Read more