Color: Helping Define Healthcare Products and Environments
Ask anyone their favorite color and you’ll get a hundred different answers. Color is one of the most subjective topics the world over. Color can make someone happy, reflective, and even calm someone down. Color can make a statement about who you are, how you’re feeling, and what you want to say.
Colors can speak louder than words.
At GF Health Products, Inc. (“Graham-Field”), we take color very seriously.
Coloring Your Facility
Architects and designers go to great lengths when planning a facility. The colors and furniture patterns selected for an extended care facility are one of the most critical decisions made during its planning. The colors utilized must make residents feel safe, secure, and comfortable while making the facility a showcase for visitors and staff.
At Graham-Field we have a Team of Interior Designers that can help you curate the color palette for all the surfaces within your facility, as well as the furniture styles that best fit within the colors selected and your facility floor plan.
In a comprehensive study, The Center of Health Design 2004 Color Study published by the Coalition for Health Environments Research (CHER) concluded, “the attempt to formulate universal guidelines for appropriate colors in healthcare settings is ineffectual. The plurality or the presence of multiple user groups and subcultures, and the complexity of the issues of meaning and communication in the environment make the efforts to prescribe universal guidelines an unproductive undertaking.” ¹
In other words, the likeability, effect and meaning of color are often in the eye of the beholder.
Not too long ago, most home healthcare products were drab aluminum and white. Today, there are a wide variety of colors that users can choose from. After all, these products are now part of your wardrobe; make sure they say something about who you are!
For example, Lumex Canes and Rollators are available in a wide array of colors that can suit your mood or wardrobe!
Everest & Jennings Transport Chairs are available in multiple colors and finishes that can take you almost anywhere in style!
Standard E&J Wheelchairs can also be customized with color to indicate a specific department or floor within a facility, making identification within a large healthcare facility much easier.
Pick a Color, Any Color!
As healthcare facilities recognize the versatility and cost effectiveness of Lumex Clinical Care Seating, they are also demanding that all products used within a facility fit within their facility’s color scheme. To address the needs of both clinicians and designers, Lumex Clinical Care Seating is available in a wide variety of fabrics and colors.
Offering both standard vinyl upholstery as well as urethane based upholstery, Lumex Clinical Care Seating is available in more than 30 carefully curated colors that will fit into almost any interior designer’s color palette.
Color is everywhere! Make sure you’re coloring your healthcare products appropriately with Graham-Field’s wide selection of name-brand products, all available in a wide spectrum of colors!
¹ The Coalition for Health Environments Research (CHER): The Center of Health Design 2004 Color Study
Lawrence de la Haba is Senior Vice President of Business Development at Graham-Field.
About GF Health Products, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with more than 300 US-based employees, GF Health Products, Inc. is a major manufacturer of healthcare products for the acute care, extended care, homecare and primary care markets. The Graham-Field family of brands includes Basic American Medical Products, Everest & Jennings, Grafco, Hausted, John Bunn, Labtron, Lumex and Lumiscope. Visit www.grahamfield.com or call 770-368-4700. Basic American Medical Products and Graham-Field are trademarks of GF Health Products, Inc. © 2017, GF Health Products, Inc., all rights reserved.