“Care industry in the future”
Dana O’Donnell, Senior Interior Design, Blueleaf
The role of the Blueleaf design department is to create environments which are safe, functional and esthetically appealing for the residents, the resident’s families and the carers. Over the past few months, a “weakness” in the basic design layout of care homes has unfortunately become very prevalent and needs to be urgently addressed. This will now have a massive impact on the way we the designers must approach our designs, taking into account what we have learned about the transfer of germs from person to person and the severity of the consequences if not managed correctly.
“…even as things are able to start getting back to normal, they won’t be back to normal.”
“Eradicating the stigma associated with Dementia design”
Becky Smith, Architect, Leonard Design Architects
Our speech will focus on the common dissatisfactions associated with the UK standard of dementia design and how a ‘one size solution’ (as is commonly reflective of most UK nursing homes) does not fit all. Using inspiration from the world’s most recognised award winning dementia villages and homes, we assess how the stigma associated with nursing homes can be eradicated to provide purpose built care environments which speak about life and living not simply about the demand for nursing beds. We will touch upon Church Farm Care’s model of living and dementia care and reflect how this is comparable to some of the world’s best examples. We will also briefly discuss the design elements of the two care homes we have worked on together which are paving the way for a new exemplar dementia design model in Nottinghamshire.