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The Importance of Interior Design in Care Homes

Communal design Interior design in a care home has a significant impact on the wellbeing, happiness, comfort and confidence of residents. By embracing an open, communal and inclusive design philosophy, residents are encouraged to be independent, creating a healthy lifestyle for all. Residents should be engaged with their surroundings. Placement of furniture in communal areas has a big influence here, and so do the colours, which bring structure and recognisability to a space. More open spaces, which minimise the need for winding, corridors, allows residents to see more of their surroundings at a glance. This, combined with clear navigational signage —…

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How Care Homes Might Look in 10 Years’ Time

There’s no doubt that the care industry will see advancements and changes in the future. While it’s difficult to predict the trajectory or pace of these changes, it can be fruitful to think about the impact they might have — particularly from a planning perspective. Technology Smart technology can have small and large scale benefits. A care home even ten years from now could include a swathe of technological improvements to help everyday life. This can be achieved by subtly integrating smart technology as a supplement to life in a care home — rather than an overwhelming focus. Examples could include:…

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Providing value for money whilst maintaining quality in care home construction

The seemingly constant cuts and rising costs in care home construction would appear to be squeezing care homes to breaking point.  With stark figures from the CQC stating that two out of every five care homes are below standard, the boss at Care England, Martin Green, has said the situation is “really serious” and suggests many will fold within the next 12 to 18 months.  Those homes least at risk from such closure are designed and are of a scale that allows them to operate efficiently. Modern construction both conserves running costs and ensures a home is future-proof, allowing it to…

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What Do Residents and Their Families Look For In a Care Home?

When a resident chooses a care home, they are making an important decision about their future. It is up to a care provider to facilitate an intuitive service from the outset, and knowing what a resident is looking for from a care home is the most effective way of achieving this. First impressions The ability of a care home to dispel any anxieties or trepidations a resident might have early on can never be underestimated. Naturally, this comes primarily from the attitude and communication of the staff and operators, but a large part of a good first impression stems from the…

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Quality Of Care vs Lack Of Standardised Inspections

There would appear to be something problematic happening in our care homes. Many people will be familiar with the horrible tales of abuse and neglect which have been publicised, showing the elderly and vulnerable being taken advantage of where we most expect them to be looked after and respected. Results from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) appear to show that there are many more care homes in the South East and Yorkshire & Humberside regions which fall into their “inadequate” rating than anywhere else in the country. They don’t just top the table for the most homes labelled with this rating,…

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