Psychiatric centers, otherwise known as mental health facilities or psychiatric hospitals, play a crucial role in the provision of mental health care services. Their primary function is to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals experiencing mental health disorders and emotional challenges.
Psychiatric centers conduct comprehensive evaluations to diagnose mental health disorders, plan treatment protocols, offer both inpatient and outpatient care, administer medications and work in all kinds of crisis situations and therapeutic interventions.
In an effort to continually promote recovery, and contribute to the overall improvement of mental health in the community, these centers continue to utilize cutting-edge technology and treatments for their patients.
A large part of what has developed over the last decade is the additional use of calming and de-escalation environments to add another level of comfort and care for their patients. What was once deemed to be an unacceptable form of treatment has now been welcomed by the medical community. The ability to provide patients with access to a safe space to calm and soothe themselves safely have proven to be beneficial for all involved.
While there are some that may still view these types of calming rooms as disciplinary, research has shown quite the opposite.
One recent study published on PLOS ONE, saw CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Skye Barbic and Blaine Bray, Program Director of Mental Health at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, joined forces with a team from UBC and Providence Health Care, which included CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Steve Mathias. The group explored how select groups of people perceive the use of sensory rooms in an acute inpatient psychiatric setting.
“Since SMRs have been introduced into psychiatric care settings, the use of seclusion, physical restraint, and medication has generally decreased, and the use of self-soothing and self-management strategies has increased.” She continues, “Despite this, no one has yet studied how health providers and service users actually feel about SMRs. This is a knowledge gap that we set out to help fill.” Dr. Barbic stated.
The overarching theme from the study illustrates that patients were left feeling empowered and able to practice self-management strategies they were otherwise incapable of before.
As part of these results and many others like it, we’ve been involved in a number of projects looking to bring this level of care to their own psychiatric facilities. While we don’t offer a plethora of options, we do have three key product offerings, two of which are perfectly suited for calming rooms in these types of healthcare operations.
Our Protector Two is a widely used example of what we can do, have done and will continue to do in these types of rehabilitation facilities. We can design a fire-rated padding system for both flooring and walls using this product and can customize it in a number of different ways.
Our Protector Three product is the highest tier offering we have. This is our completely seamless option that removes any gaps, seals and seams when it comes to completely padded spaces. In these intricate jobs, we’ll design the seamless padding to fit over benches, seats, floors, walls and ceilings to guarantee the utmost in privacy and protection. These systems are easy to clean, are extremely durable and are damage resistant. These are used in extreme cases inside psychiatric hospitals to ensure patient safety for those at risk of self harm.
As with all of our products, if you have a project you are looking to get off the ground, your best bet is to get in touch with a member of our team. With over 40 years of experience working in custom padding, we’ve got the product and installation knowledge needed to ensure your padding project is built to last, and most importantly, to protect.