The design of correctional facility furniture and psychiatric furniture is extremely basic. There are many reasons for this, but mainly it is to ensure the safety of residents and staff. Although detention furniture has a simple appearance, it fulfills an important role.
Research and development teams around the world have been working to solve issues related to institutional and correctional facility furniture for many years. These furniture items must be durable enough to withstand constant use in challenging environments, comfortable enough to foster a rehabilitative environment, and of course must be designed with safety as the number one priority.
Color is something that is always present around us, but have you ever thought about how it could be taken for granted? Now step inside a behavioral health facility, and the walls and furniture are monochromatic, drab, and you might feel your mood being affected negatively. The absence of color in a behavioral health facility may actually seem contradicting, considering the main goals of these facilities are to help and uplift their patients. If patients are not in an environment they feel comfortable and safe in, then their progress may be delayed. Further, there is no reasoning to restrict the use of color in these facilities….
Each day, in our everyday lives, we are surrounded by many potential dangerous items, which we may not even consider!
The environment in a mental health facility, or correctional facility, can often feel isolated and confined, leaving residents in a fragile state. In these environments, everyday items, even something like bed sheets, could be seen as a mean of harms, either to one’s self or to others.
That is what makes anti ligature furniture in correctional facilities, psychiatric facilities and behavioral health facilities critical. Anti ligature furniture is defined as a piece of furniture which eliminates any possibility of attaching wires or cords to the furniture, preventing the possibility of causing harm. Ligature resistant furniture does not contain any points where cords, ropes, or even bed sheets can be attached……
Entirely unpleasant, but unfortunately necessary in certain circumstances, physical institutional restraints serve a critical purpose in institutional environments such as jails, prisons, psychiatric centers, and juvenile detention centers. Restraint furniture in particular is often found in these institutions.
According to a study conducted by Junrong Ye and Chen Wang, among others, titled “Physical restraint in mental health nursing: A concept analysis” and published in the July 10, 2019 edition of the International Journal of Nursing Sciences, physical restraint is not an ideal solution but does become useful once alternative methods break down………….