1. INTRODUCTION AN EXAMPLE: HOW PATIENTS CAN FROM VISUAL ARTS 
  2. WHAT IF ART’S BENEFITS EXTENDED TO HEALTHCARE EMPLOYEES AS WELL?
  3. A CHOICE OF DESIGN: SUSTAINABLE-DESIGNED HEALTHCARE FACILITIES
  4. PICTURE HANGING SYSTEMS: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW HEALTHCARE FACILITIES CAN BENEFIT FROM THEM
  5. PICTURE HANGING SYSTEMS: WHY IS ARTITEQ TECHNOLOGY THE SIMPLEST?
  6. NOT ONLY ARTWORKS: ARTITEQ INFO RAIL FOR A MORE FUNCTIONAL WORKPLACE
  7. FREQUENTLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS
  8. PICTURE HANGING SYSTEMS IN HEALTHCARE: THE BOTTOM LINE
  9. CONCLUSIONS

INTRODUCTION: 

History shows us that pictures, stories, dances, music, and drama have been central to many healing rituals. Today’s renewed focus on humanistic care is leading to a revival in the use of art in the healthcare setting.

Research supports the benefits of the arts in healthcare environments – hospitals, nursing homes, aged care facilities, hospices, and other locations within the community. Arts in healthcare programs and creative arts therapies have been used in the treatments of a variety of health problems, with the inclusion of post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, mental health, chronic illnesses, Alzheimer’s and dementia, neurological disorders, brain injuries, premature infants, and physical disabilities. Exposure to art has been shown to improve a patients’ overall health outcomes, treatment compliance, and quality of life.

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AN EXAMPLE: HOW PATIENTS CAN BENEFIT FROM VISUAL ARTS 

Research undertaken with children diagnosed with cancer indicates that engaging in drawing and painting is an effective way for dealing with pain and other disturbing symptoms of the illness and the treatment. The visual arts also offer a means of non-verbal communication, often bringing order and clarity to mixed-up, poorly understood feelings. While providing a vehicle for purification, the artwork itself offers an opportunity to monitor the individual’s emotional and/or developmental state and progress.

CAN ART BENEFIT HEALTHCARE WORKERS AS WELL?

Absolutely, it can. For staff and caregivers, it has been proven that the visual arts can improve certain skills. Displaying art in the workplace can increase employees’ productivity, mood, and physical well-being, as well as foster interpersonal bonds within the Team and clients. A number of studies conducted in the United States and Europe throughout the past decades have identified a range of strategies— from the practical to the unconscious — that installing carefully-chosen art in the workplace can enhance employee experience and productivity and help to communicate the right message to guests.

Other studies have looked at the impact of an active arts program integrated into the healthcare environment. A case in point can be decorating the interiors by Renting Art. Several studies throughout the world have evidenced how this initiative may not only reduce staff turnover but also encourage those seeking employment to apply for new positions within the Organisation. With the rising healthcare cost in Australia, coupled with the need to retain nurses—the single largest group of people hospitals employ—simply adding some art to their environment may have a tremendous impact on our challenged healthcare system.

Built-in hanging system installed at Arcus College
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A CHOICE OF DESIGN: SUSTAINABLE-DESIGNED HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

But how can arts and architecture be effectively married when designing a brand-new healthcare facility, or refurbishing an existing one?

As discussed above, the physical design of healthcare settings can contribute to either positive or negative outcomes for patients. Designers clearly need to move toward thoughtful evidence-based design while making the patient, staff, and families the main target of their concepts. There is always a need for increasing patient safety and enhancing the overall quality of care provided. Access to a stimulating environment and “homelike” patient room design positively affect the quality of both patients and healthcare staff, helping them provide care more effectively.

PICTURE HANGING SYSTEMS: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW HEALTHCARE FACILITIES CAN BENEFIT FROM THEM

Perhaps you are directly involved in the design of the next healthcare facility. You are probably wondering whether there is out there a solution to translate all these important concepts provided by research into reality, in a healthcare setting.

Well, yes there is!

Your requirement for integrating Arts in a Healthcare facility can be easily addressed by integrating a picture hanging system!

A picture hanging system is a pre-engineered system that allows you to accommodate all of the benefits of the visual arts into your design, in a way that is professional-looking, cost-effective and safe.

The calculations have been done for you, all you have to do is follow the installation instructions and your pictures and artwork will be securely hung, anywhere in your healthcare facility, such as:

– Reception

– Lounges

– Corridors

– Patient’s rooms

– Activity rooms

– …and many more!

Hanging systems can be visible or invisible. To know more about our Built-In (Invisible) Picture Hanging Systems, read our article here

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Picture hanging systems in healthcare

PICTURE HANGING SYSTEMS: WHY IS ARTITEQ TECHNOLOGY THE SIMPLEST?

The Artiteq picture hanging system is incredibly handy to install and enjoy. With basic practical skills, you can install the picture hanging rail to your walls, ceilings or beams. Just fix the click and connect clips in a straight line along your wall and then click your rail onto them. Done!

The next stage is to twist in the picture hanging wire. The most practical hanging wire is the Twister. You can insert it into the rail from anywhere along the rail and it slides back and forth easily. It’s available in Perlon (transparent, heavy-duty Nylon) and stainless steel with a diameter of 1 mm or 2 mm and lengths from 100 to 500cm. Perlon is cheaper and has the advantage of being invisible. The stainless-steel hanging wires never wear off and are ideal to create that particular art gallery look that you may be after.

Hooks slide directly onto the hanging wires. Artiteq’s hooks have a self-locking mechanism and the big advantage here is that this means they won’t slide when engaged. They have a patented mechanism that holds on the wire (cable, cord, strip) in the downward direction only. Therefore, you can easily slide them up and down the hanging wire – by pulling down on the drop with one hand and pushing the hook up with the other hand. The Artiteq’s Hooks can hold up to 20Kg each hook!

The self-locking system prevents the hook from sliding down the hanging wire on its own. If you want to adjust the hook down the hanging wire you just pinch the top and the bottom of the hook together.

Built-in picture hanging system- the Artiteq Art Strip picture hanging rail
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NOT ONLY ARTWORKS: ARTITEQ INFO RAIL FOR A MORE FUNCTIONAL WORKPLACE

All modern healthcare facilities use a quality management system (QMS). A Quality Management System is defined as a structured system that documents processes, procedures, and responsibilities. It is thus essential for Management to create a coordinated flow of information towards Staff, to ensure they are best guided towards achieving quality policies and objectives. For example, a QMS helps coordinate and direct a hospital’s activities to meet customer and sanitary requirements and improve Staff performance on a continuous basis.

Healthcare facilities can be complex workplaces. What tools are available to enable efficient communication in this kind of environment?

Our Info Rail and Info Rail+ display systems are perfect for displaying clinical reports as well as for internal communication between Staff. Healthcare facilities can use a single solution or a combination of solutions to achieve a totally integrated system custom-designed to meet the individual needs of each facility. These hanging systems are simply amazing when it comes to simplifying and decluttering flows of information, which is a clear benefit to meeting OHS obligations in any health or aged care facility.

FREQUENTLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS

You may need to replace the artworks whenever there is a change of residents. However, once the system is in place, all you need to do is adjust the hooks along the hanging wires at a height that suit the new artwork. Done – No need to replace old hooks and nails, re-fill holes and repaint walls before a new resident is accommodated, they can simply attach their new artwork to the existing hanging system. How easy is that!

From our 15+ years of experience working with picture hanging systems, we have concluded that Artiteq is undoubtedly the simplest, most versatile, most elegant, and safest long-term wall hanger solution.

All the essential components of this system are manufactured in the Netherlands. Artiteq has a research and development department, as well as a quality control department and all their products are TÜV certified. The TÜV certification guarantees that all products fulfil strict quality and safety requirements and ensures that they are environmentally sustainable. Not surprisingly, Artiteq offers a 10-year guarantee on all their products.

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PICTURE HANGING SYSTEMS IN HEALTHCARE: THE BOTTOM LINE

You can install a picture hanging system in each individual room of the facility and allow the patients to personalise their room to something homelier and more comfortable. How incredible would be for patients to be able to hang artwork that have a special meaning to them! This may be family photos, degrees or qualifications, certificates, or awards for past achievements, or simply paintings, prints or artworks from their grandchildren. This is the quintessence of enhancing the lives of residents in healthcare facilities – making sure that they are completely comfortable with their environment, relaxed and happy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Healthcare Organisations across the world are recognising the value of including arts in their facilities to support the recovery processes of their clients and improve the quality of workspaces.

Arts Rental organizations, as well as Art Schools and Visual Art Colleges, are connecting with healthcare organizations to provide arts programming as well as health promotion experiences in community settings.

Architects and designers are called to create healthcare facilities that are not only beautiful, but also built upon a solid foundation of evidence about what supports safe delivery of care and provides the most positive outcomes for patients, families, and staff. The benefits of visual arts in healthcare are not limited to a select group of privileged individuals. Illness has a very levelling effect, and the very nature of the arts means that everyone—regardless of ethnic group, race, age, economic status, or geographical region—can enjoy all that the arts can bring to healthcare experiences.

Although the positive outcomes of the arts in healthcare for patients, families, and staff are evident, our current economic situation demands that the financial benefits must parallel these efforts. In this sense, the inclusion of a picture hanging system in the design can very well represent the optimal solution.

A picture hanging system is a flexible, cost-effective, long-lasting art display method that can assist with bringing in all the benefits of Art while cutting down all wall-repair costs otherwise made necessary by more obsolete art display systems.

From the beginning of recorded history, the arts have been central to the human experience. In times of illness, our world is deprived of what civilization has added to our primal core. In an era when our expanding knowledge outpaces our ability to understand and utilize it, we need to try into returning to our basic human needs for the safety and wellbeing of our communities. Perhaps starting from arts, whose immense benefits need to be unlocked and put into practice. This is at the centre of the arts in the healthcare movement.