Like any large facility, the idea of furnishing a prison or behavioural healthcare facility can feel like a daunting task. Just like any other facility, however, these challenging environments need to be comfortably furnished with safe, and practical institutional furniture .
Every room in your facility serves a unique purpose, and should be furnished as such, in order to best enhance the experience of patients, residents, visitors and staff members.
Although furnishing needs may vary from institution to institution, all facilities can agree on the basics; institutional furniture needs to be durable and it needs to be safe, while remaining comfortable.
In high-use, challenging environments such as correctional centers or behavioral healthcare facilities, the furniture needs to be able to withstand constant wear and tear without sacrificing an ounce of safety. Additionally, when patients and residents are comfortable, there are many benefits, not only for the individual but for the whole facility.
Serving nearly 40% of North Carolina’s population, the Broughton Hospital needed an expansion to better serve more patients, and their families, experiencing mental illness.
Before the 2019 reopening, at full capacity the Broughton Hospital only had enough beds for 297 patients, and served a total of 37 counties. After extensive renovations, updates and of course the much-needed expansion, the 477,000 square foot hospital can now welcome close to 400 patients!
As you put the finishing touches on your behavioral healthcare facility, or prepare to re-open after a remodel, the thought of furniture likely crosses your mind. You’re looking for something durable, slow to give into the effects of wear and tear and of course something that is totally safe. What are your options?
The safest furniture option for psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities is anti-ligature furniture, which presents no opportunities to cause harm to oneself or to others. Aside from design, construction is regarded as one of the most important aspects of anti-ligature furniture. To be totally safe, and considered anti-ligature, the furniture must not have any tie-down points, be impenetrable and inflexible.
In the United States, nearly half of released prisoners are re-arrested for the same or similar crimes, with the national recidivism rate sitting at over 40% , one of the highest in the world. Nearly 44% of released prisoners return to jail within the first year of release. That number, however, nearly doubles before the 10-year mark.
Preventing recidivism should be approached as early as possible and these efforts are especially important throughout the juvenile justice system, to help keep young adults out of prison later in their lives.
Germs and viruses can spread quickly in any area where people are living in close proximity to one another, such as in correctional facilities, detention centers, psychiatric hospitals and other behavioral healthcare settings.
Jail furniture and anti-ligature furniture is built to withstand tough environments, yet remain easy to clean and maintain, which helps to minimize the spread germs within a facility.
With the recent outbreaks of Covid-19, cleaning and disinfecting have become a much larger part of daily life. These practices are especially important in correctional and healthcare facilities, where viruses have been known to spread quickly and infect residents and staff.
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………….