The Benefits of Care Home Refurbishment
Care homes should be built to last, giving certainty and quality to an establishment. For many care homes the wear and tear of time, as well as the progression of technology, makes care home refurbishment imperative.
Of course, refurbishments aren’t always required for homes which have only recently been built, but the demand on care homes means there are a variety of benefits to refurbishing properties at certain points. Here are just a few of the benefits for residents:
Through refurbishment, care home facilities can improve drastically, offering a better quality of life and meeting the varied needs of residents. From minor changes to large-scale renovations, new and improved facilities can make an enormous difference.
Communal areas can be redesigned to encourage interaction; whether that’s a simple conversation or a leisurely board game between residents. Make it easy for residents to look out onto the communal garden or outdoor space – admiring flowers or water features will be a welcome change from the television. Said outdoor spaces should be easily accessible, too; whether they need assistance or not, residents should know they can get out into the garden if they want to.
More comfortable for residents
Comfort is high on the list of priorities for many ageing residents. With the latest upgrades to furniture, residents can spend their days in greater comfort. Seating, for example, should be adjustable so that residents can choose a configuration that best suits their needs.
As well as the literal comfort of seating and bedding, the style of furniture should be warm and welcoming. Although care homes are healthcare facilities, interiors should avoid a cold, clinical aesthetic – residents should be made to feel at home.
Improvements in care
With so many different health issues, along with a population which is living for longer, facilities need to be regularly updated with the latest equipment and to respond to a myriad of conditions.
Residents’ sensory requirements should be catered for; sensory rooms are increasing in popularity as their effectiveness becomes more apparent. While commonly associated with learning difficulties and conditions such as autism, they’re also known to be beneficial to people with dementia, those who have suffered a stroke and people with vision/hearing issues. Accommodating for sensory requirements can improve moods and increase the trust a resident has in staff and their surroundings.
Links should be established with a local GP practice for ease of care and assistance, should it be required. Regular visits from healthcare professionals like chiropractors and opticians should be scheduled; this helps the facility to better support their residents.
Where these factors help to make life better for the residents in a refurbished care home, it also brings benefits to the providers of the care homes. The better the facilities, the better the care and, therefore, the more highly regarded it is as an establishment. This will help attract more residents and increase occupancy as well as profits for a flourishing care home. On top of this, when a care home is regularly refurbished to equip staff properly in the job of providing care, it’s more likely to attract the best staff in the industry.
The benefits of care home refurbishment are numerous and tend to lead to further benefits when carried out properly, particularly when residents are at the heart of things. Leaving a care home to become outdated can result in a steady decline in standards and satisfaction levels.