If you go to a hospital or health care environment sensory stimulus is important. This because we as users in these settings are fragile, as anxious for the unknown to what will happen. Therefore sensory stimulus can be a way of calming us down – making us feel an ease by taking our mind somewhere else.
As part of studying MA in Design; Health & Wellbeing at Kingston University in London I have been looking into how young people react in such settings. In a team of two, we analyzed young peoples needs – and the result was quite interesting. If they could put something on a wall – or chose an imagery they would chose one of their family and friends.
What we then realized was an easy way of recalling this emotion by implementing an image of friends or family, using textiles as a shade in a hospital. Especially if they were there to stay for a longer period.