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Art Is an Investment That Pays Off

For decades, hospital and senior living administrators viewed art as nothing more than a way to dress up an empty wall. Developing an overarching artwork standard for a facility was unheard of and investing in high-end pieces was considered a luxury by stakeholders. Yet, years of research has proven that the healing power of art makes it a smart investment.

A study from Cleveland Clinic found that when viewing the hospital’s art collection, 39 percent of patients said it improved their comfort or pain level, and 61 percent reported it reduced their overall stress while hospitalized.

In today’s healthcare and senior living facilities, art is not just something pretty to look at—it’s become part of each individual’s care plan, positively impacting their psychological and physical health.

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Transforming your environment with art is an effective and cost-efficient way to improve your patients’ or residents’ experience, comfort their families, and re-energize your team.

Transforming your environment with art is an effective and cost-efficient way to improve your patients’ or residents’ experience, comfort their families, and re-energize your team. For forward-thinking providers, this affordable way to significantly increase patient and resident satisfaction makes procuring the right artwork critical to your model of care.

Procuring pieces for your facility can be an art in itself. The subject (realistic or abstract), where a piece is installed (in a resident’s room or in a common space), and its overall goal (to stimulate or to calm) all play a role in how the art you choose touches your patients or residents and their families. While you can pick up a beautiful piece of art at a number of places, curating a thoughtful environment for your facility requires extensive research and planning.

Securing artwork should be a significant line item in your overall interior design plan when building a new structure or renovating your current facility. Knowing how and where to purchase art, however, not to mention acquiring enough pieces for a cohesive presentation, can be an overwhelming venture, especially when capital spending is under the microscope. If you do find budget-friendly pieces on your own, they may not be of commercial quality, lacking both the durability for high traffic areas and a warranty to protect your investment, which can cost you more in the long run.

With a variety of procurement options available, you can be connected to local artists and photographers to find the local and regional scenery and imagery you desire. Although many resources offer an extensive selection of art to choose from, an experienced consultant who understands the psychology behind effective art programs can offer the guidance and services you need to create displays that are both aesthetically pleasing and therapeutic.

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ARCH Design is a leading national firm dedicated to improving the patient and resident experience through integrated visual design and wayfinding solutions using artwork graphics and signage.

Our services include art consulting, environmental branding, signage consulting, custom fabrication, delivery, and installation of premium products at competitive prices.