Although any unfamiliar building can be confusing to explore, Healthcare facilities can be even more cumbersome to navigate as a result of their large size and complexity. As a result, healthcare facilities often require Wayfinding Signage to help individuals avoid getting lost. Here are four steps to setting up wayfinding around your healthcare facility:
- 1. Keep it simple.
The best Healthcare Wayfinding Signs are the ones that are easiest to understand. Make sure all of the content you choose to include on your signs is laid out in a manner that’s easy to follow. Use symbols and graphics that are universally understood and be sure to identify both entrances and exits to your building. Although you may be inclined to include as much information as possible, remember that sometimes too much information can be overwhelming.
- 2. Use landmarks to your advantage.
One of the easiest ways to ensure people know where they are is to identify other noteworthy areas around your building. Landmarks help individuals navigating your building identify where they are in relation to a particular location and, as a result, can assist them in deciding how to best proceed.
- 3. Know your audience.
It’s a good idea to create wayfinding signs under the assumption that whomever is using them is a first-time visitor to your space. Most healthcare facilities are large and, combined with the emotions that usually accompany a trip to such a building, can be tricky to navigate efficiently. Give sign-readers a leg up by catering to their specific needs. Consider adding multiple languages (English, Spanish, Braille, etc.) to make sure your message is understood by everyone.
- 4. Make updates as needed.
Despite your best efforts, odds are your wayfinding system won’t be perfect – especially the first time you design it. Make sure you implement feedback you receive from individuals who experienced issues while using the wayfinding signs around your facility.
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