Older people living in residential and nursing care facilities spend a large proportion of their time within the boundaries of the home, and are highly dependent upon the quality of the care environment to support their physical or cognitive frailties. The quality of care is then directly related to the physical spaces within which they live. Our knowledgeable team are highly experienced in the design of environments tailored to the needs of those living with a variety of medical conditions. We also understand the importance of creating spaces for social interaction between residents, staff and visitors.
The Michael Yoakley Charity required a new 32-bed annex to its existing care home in Margate. Our proposal arranges new single storey accommodation in clusters of eight bedrooms staggered along a central circulation spine. This creates sheltered courtyards between the wings and enabled shared facilities to be conveniently located. The extension both carefully connects to and sensitively reflects the aesthetic of the existing buildings.
The Harmonia Dementia Village in Dover represents a new concept in caring based upon a social approach that encourages those living with dementia to lead as normal a life as possible, engaging with a familiar environment while having access to care 24 hours a day. The project remodels 12 existing semi-detached houses to provide accommodation for 30 residents. A new hub building contains six bedrooms available for a new ‘guest-house with care’ concept as well as communal facilities for the Harmonia Village residents and for use by the local community and volunteers. The interior design is based upon the latest research and technology in dementia care following extensive consultation with clinicians, staff and carers.