Is your comfort room actually comforting?
Comfort rooms are a much more common item these days on a practice wish list when building or remodeling a clinic. The spaces can function as a private space for euthanasia appointments, a consultation space for complicated treatment plans or even a quiet place for clients to visit with hospitalized pets. What elements should this room have? Take a look at these examples from past dvm360 Hospital Design Competition winners.
At 1st Pet Veterinary Centers in Mesa, Arizona—the 2016 Hospital of the Year—abundant seating for families and natural light were a must in the comfort room. A ceiling-to-floor glass door brings in even more light and provides a private exit for pet owners. The vessel sink, large area rug and vinyl geometric pattern wall covering (not pictured) create a warm, comfortable setting for clients during difficult times.
At Noah’s Westside Animal Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, highlights of the comfort room include dimmable lights, optional soothing music and comfortable seating. Large privacy windows with a separate client exit are also a must.
This specialty consultation room at Northpointe Veterinary Hospital in Yuba City, California, allows grieving clients to leave directly out the backdoor to a private courtyard. A wall-mounted exam table folds into a wall cabinet to save space and create a less clinical appearance. Plush sofa seating and plenty of natural light provide a more comfortable space for tough conversations.