The art of care home design comes down to two major points: comfort and functionality. A careful balance of homeliness and purposeful equipment is required in order for residents to feel welcome, and for the staff to deliver excellent care. At idesign, we are experienced in the design of care homes and are proud to have completed the beautiful, award-winning Primrose House in North Devon. Here are a few vital components to bring warmth and comfort to any care home.
Beautiful, modern décor can transform a care home and contribute to a homely feel. Care home design doesn’t have to follow the look of a sterile hospital; the addition of paintings, plants, cushions and throws will complete a room and make residents feel settled and happy. At Primrose House, our interior design reflected the landscape of the South West with nature-inspired paintings and a nautical colour scheme. As with all interior design, the interior needs to reflect the architecture of the building as well as the geographical position.
Any care home design should aim to reduce the risk of loneliness and isolation. Because care homes deliver wellbeing and happiness as well as medical services, idesign believes that rooms should allow residents to socialise with friends and visitors as much as possible. Large, communal rooms with comfortable armchairs and sofas are ideal, and bedrooms should always include a chair or two for family and friends to sit comfortably.
Lighting is vital in terms of both safety and ambience. When designing a care home, good lighting can prevent falls and ease the movements of residents, especially for those with impaired vision. Equally important is the aspect of natural light; well-lit spaces with large windows can have a significant impact on the atmosphere and mood of bedrooms and communal areas.
Crowded rooms and unnecessary furniture should be avoided. It is important to take care not to block walkways and doors, and always ensure ample space for movement. Capable residents should be able to walk around the home independently, and so spatial planning is vital in order to achieve a risk-free room. Also remember that clear signage is a must for both residents and visitors, and it should be easy to read with contrasting colours and backgrounds.
We hope these tips provide a good starting point for care home design. Remember, residents’ welfare is the top priority, and this all starts with a beautiful, comfortable space for them to live in.