Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center
Wayfinding is a critical issue in healthcare, and even more so for visually and physically impaired patients. Designers studied what it means to navigate the building when one or more senses are impaired. Pavement and flooring tile color and texture provide navigation, and textured surfaces reinforce landmarks. A carefully designed transition from artificial to natural lighting help patients with photo-sensitivity. Patient rooms have an abundance of natural light and non-institutional materials, and feature an unobtrusive lift to give patients more mobility and safety.
The Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center embraces a modern healthcare concept with a space that truly respects its visitors. It is a model for reinforcing equity by design in the built environment that provides comforting opportunities for patients to heal during their rehabilitation journey.