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Designing better care homes

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Care home residents could benefit from better-designed homes in future, thanks to a link-up between and the Royal College of Art's Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design on a project to improve the design of care home environments for older people.

 

The project looked at the diverse cognitive, sensory and physical needs of care home residents and how guidance on designing care homes can be used to cater for them.

 

A new website www.bettercarehomes.org is making the advice and guidance freely available to share knowledge and influence the design of future and existing care home environments. The site aims to help designers and care home operators to balance residents' needs without losing the feeling and characteristics of home.

 

The website covers everything from the large-scale site layouts of new homes to the simple details and furnishing of individual rooms. It is built to be accessible and works both as an information source to new designers and as a tool to consolidate wide ranging ideas for experts in the field.

 

Dr Clive Bowman of Bupa says, “Care homes have to cater for older people with a wide range of dependencies and it is always a challenge for providers and designers to create environments that constantly meet the different and changing needs of residents."

Long term care news: 14 July 2011

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