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How to Put Patients at Ease with a Well-Designed Waiting Room

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Simply walking into a waiting room can cause people’s stress levels to rise. People also dislike sitting in the waiting room. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to keep your patients calm while in the waiting room.

Change the Seating Orientation

The way that the seating is arranged can affect the way that patients feel while they are in the doctor’s office. Most patients want privacy and are concerned about clean conditions. That is why it is a good idea to have small groups of chairs together instead of having them all lined up side-by-side. This will also allow family members to sit together. Furthermore, it is important to make sure that the seating is comfortable.

Use Natural Light

Human beings need natural light. The light helps regulate the circadian rhythm. It can also boost mood and alleviate stress.  Artificial light can make the waiting room feel alien and cold. Patients want to feel like they’ve entered into a warm and comfortable environment; using natural light will encourage your patients, not set them on edge.

Reference: The DO

Use Essential Oils

Essential oils have been shown to have a calming effect. When people walk into the waiting room, they will be able to instantly reduce their stress if they smell essential oils. Lavender oil is well known for its calming and relaxing fragrance. Wild orange oil has a clean, uplifting scent. You can also blend several different oils together to create a pleasant scent distinct to your office. One such combination may be spruce, ho wood, frankincense, blue tansy, and blue chamomile.

Reference: doTERRA

Play Relaxing Music

Studies have shown that playing music in the waiting room can help reduce patients’ anxious feelings. Make sure that the music is calming. Classical or new age music is one of the best types of music that you can play in the waiting room. Nature sounds can also be effective.

Reference: Vibenomics

Use the Right Colors

Certain colors have been shown to promote a feeling of calmness. All shades of blue are great for the waiting room. Blue reminds people of the sky. Green is another great color to use in the waiting room. It creates an earthy feel. Light pink can also promote tranquility.

Additionally, you will need to choose the flooring carefully. Wood flooring can help promote a relaxing feeling. It can also enhance the warmth of the room. Carpet is also a great choice for a waiting room. Carpet reminds people of being in their living room, which will help them relax because they will feel more at home.

A trip to a medical office can be an unpleasant experience for many patients. Even though most people dread sitting in the waiting room, there are ways that you can make this a more relaxing, encouraging experience. You will need to use essential oil aromatherapy and arrange the chairs just the right way. You will also need to use natural light and play calming music. Additionally, using the right colors in the office can help people relax.

If you have more questions about inviting patients into your practice, contact us now or call us at 1-877-561-WWMP.

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