When it comes to renovating or building a new healthcare facility, architects and developers must take into account the needs of both patients and staff with every inch of space that’s designed. The goal is to comply with the strict guidelines for medical construction, while creating environments that are fully functional and aesthetically appealing. For patient rooms, it’s crucial to focus on promoting a high level of comfort, safety, and efficiency. Within this space, patient restroom doors provide unique challenges for designers who must accomodate patient safety and accessibility within often very limited spatial constraints.
Sliding Door Systems Solve the Design Challenges of Patient Restrooms
Patient restrooms are known for being a challenge to design, as there are often clearance issues and fall risks to consider. Because of this, there has been an increased effort and emphasis placed on devising better bathroom layouts in recent years. As a leading supplier of sliding doors for many types of medical facilities, AD Systems’ sliding doors warrant close consideration for patient restroom doors as well. As the clear opening desired for patient toilet room or patient restrooms increases, sliding doors present an ever more viable option for accommodating patients without the obtrusiveness of a large leaf door swing path.
Enhancing the Safety & Accessibility of Patient Restrooms
One of the greatest problems with hinged patient restroom doors comes when trying to make sure the right size is installed. When the opening is too small, it becomes impossible for patients to pass through with an assistive device or to be helped by a healthcare professional. However, if larger swinging doors are installed, they can be very difficult for patients to negotiate on their own in acute care settings and very large amounts of valuable patient room real estate is consumed with swing path clearances.
In contrast, sliding door systems offer a better balance of a large clear opening into the patient restroom with minimal amount of space on the patient room side being consumed. They are designed to be lightweight and wide enough for patients to maneuver through with a wheelchair, walker, or a staff member. Additionally, the top-hung design gets rid of floor tracks and reduces the danger of tripping hazards. All of these features allow sliding doors to meet all ADA and bariatric requirements. Privacy hardware with custodial override is available as an option if desired.
Adding Style to Patient Restroom Doors
Medical facilities are generally a stressful environment in which to spend any length of time, made even more disconcerting by their traditionally bland, institutional look. This is why it’s vital for architects and developers to incorporate details into their designs that are pleasing to the eye and not entirely “clinical.” AD Systems is pleased to offer a range of material choices for all of their products, including patient restroom doors. Options include flush wood or laminate doors, specialty laminates like Acrovyn(R) or aluminum stile and rail with glass lites or other inserts. You can even specify highly functional items like glass marker boards for charting as the panel for an AD Systems door.
AD Systems strives to eliminate the obstacles of designing efficient, functional and aesthetic patient restrooms by providing high quality and attractive sliding door solutions for patient restroom doors. The company’s experts are available to assist architects and developers in selecting just the right products to meet the unique needs of their medical construction projects.