What do residents look for in a Care Home?
An article by Aedifice Partnership
Choosing a care home is a decision that will profoundly impact a resident’s future. And with all of the options available today, it’s not something that will be rushed. With important considerations such as level of care, independence, comfort and social amenities, it’s more important than ever to try and put yourself in the shoes of the resident.
An attractive interior/exterior
First impressions are always important, especially when it comes to choosing a care home. Many residents will have already formed an opinion on the establishment before they’ve walked through the doors, so it pays to take this into account at the design stage.
If the layout of a care home is particularly complex, this could overwhelm residents and potentially put them off. A simple, intuitive layout makes it much easier for a resident to see themselves living there. Ensuring that the internal structure of the building has a focus will help put residents at ease.
Privacy and independence
While the privacy and independence of residents is created by the correct level of service – it starts with design. That is, bedrooms need to feel safe and secure, with appropriate features in place to aid privacy. Similarly, corridors need to be easily navigable, fitted with railings at the appropriate height to let residents move safely.
Atmosphere is a difficult thing to measure, but you can be secure in the knowledge that it’s an important consideration for any resident. The colour, aesthetic and design of a building can all help residents to feel comfortable and relaxed, so it’s important to get the tone of these fundamentals right if you want to cultivate the right atmosphere.
It can be a daunting task trying to incorporate the above ideas into an initial care home design, but calling upon experienced property consultants to oversee the project as a whole can make the process a great deal easier.
At Aedifice Partnership, we manage new care and retirement village construction projects throughout the UK. For further details on the services Aedifice Partnership offer, visit www.aedifice.co.uk or call 0800 151 0234.