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    How To Improve Existing Care Homes

    Are you lacking space in your care home, nursing home or healthcare property? If so, we can help extend, renovate or remodel, to add more rooms, increase revenue, improve the layout and get a better flow.

    At Buju Architects we have recently worked with one of the largest care home providers in Stockport. We combine experience, creative thinking and technical knowledge to ensure that your Care Home designs and plans meet your current and future demands.

    Below are some design features that identify the requirements of dementia patients:

    1. Wayfinding

    Wayfinding refers to the ease with which people can get from A to B and can be supported through visual cues, such as understandable, easily visible signage, design and colour.

    2. Use of colour

    Colour and contrasting colours can both be used to enable people with sight loss and dementia to identify different rooms and key features inside and outside of their homes. Good use of colour and contrast can enable independent living, for example, by supporting people to find their way around and to use fixtures and facilities such as lighting unassisted. Other examples of the use of colour include: door/window handles that contrast with the doors/windows that help people to use them. Furthermore, colour can be used to improve safety in Care Homes; step edges can be of contrast colour to the stair treads and risers improving the visibility of flat surface to steps.

    3. Individualization of space

    It is important for those who stay at Care Homes to feel comfortable like they are at home rather than at an institution. Especially for those people with dementia, it is important to have familiar items that create a sense of association with a place. Familiar items help to make a space feel individualised, personal and home-like.

    4. Outside space

    It is important that people are able to access ground level gardens and outdoor areas at their Care Homes. For Care Homes on different floors, balconies and windows which allow sufficient natural light through can be designed that allow residents to see outdoor spaces.

    Going outdoors has been shown to have multiple benefits including good physical and mental health as well as facilitating sensory stimulation. A well designed outdoor space can be enjoyed by the residents and staff, as well as their families when visiting.

    5. Lighting

    Lighting is important for residents, even more so for those with sight loss and dementia. Good lighting can make the most of people’s capabilities and help to compensate for poor eyesight; it can assist people in finding their way around both new and familiar spaces and help them to undertake specific tasks.

    It is also important to maximise natural light when designing a building. Daylight provides a more diffused light than most domestic electric lighting.

    The above points are a few simple ways that will help residents living with dementia to be comfortable and safe in their own homes and to be supported to make independent use of their living spaces should they wish to do so.

    So how can Buju Architects help with your Care Home design?

    • Add rooms to increase revenue
    • Designs that promote the welfare of residents, families and staff
    • Quality design that impacts positively on the happiness, health, longevity and wellbeing of residents
    • 3D modelling to aid understanding and reduce costs
    • Realistic assessment of the time and costs involved

    Buju Architects recognises the requirements of dementia patients. We will talk to you to find out how you run your Care Home and how we can work together to alter, modify and extend your existing buildings to fit your requirements better whilst improving the lives of the residents.