Accommodating the power and display needs of various electronics must be part of pediatric healthcare facility design for members of Generation Alpha.

July 8, 2021

3 Keys to Designing Healthcare Settings Suited for Generation Alpha

Born after 2010, Alphas know only a wireless world. Healthcare designers need to understand what this generation expects from their built environments.

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Generation Alpha -- or those born after 2010, the same year Apple released the first iPad – will only know a world where technology has improved and enriched their lives. Marketers have jumped on this trend and are seeking to understand more about what this emerging generation wants and needs.

If kids younger than 10 are already huge influencers in household purchasing decisions and behaviors, then healthcare designers also need to understand what this generation expects from their built environments.

Andrea Kingsbury, Interior Design Team Lead with FreemanWhite, a Haskell Company, has identified three keys to creating aesthetically pleasing and playful environments that inspire hope, creativity, and interaction for pediatric patients. 

  1. Create a sense of normalcy. That means ample charging areas for devices, adjustable overbed tables for computers and tablets, and wall-mounted monitors that can connect to the patients’ own technologies
  2. Provide Flexible Social Spaces. Designs need to include multidisciplinary space for support programs, community organizations, and educational groups that bring classrooms to the patient to minimize the impact of time spent away recovering.
  3. Engage the Senses. In addition to the use of personalized lighting controls that allow users to control everything from light levels to light color, and personalized air controls within patient rooms for maximum comfort, the use of gesture-tracking technology has gained popularity in pediatric spaces.

Read more in Kingsbury’s piece, Forget Millennials. The Alphas Are Coming, at FreemanWhite.com. FreemanWhite is an integrated team of architects, engineers, strategists, clinicians, and construction experts who strive to create innovative designs that incorporate cutting-edge technologies to improve patient care, advance healing and provide efficiencies for clinicians and researchers.

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