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FURNITURE & INTERIORS


Home Sweet Home


What are the essential elements that should go into designing a care home in order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for residents? Rishi Sodha, Care Director at Priesty Fields care home looks at some potential suggestions.


Prior to creating an environment for elderly residents, certain considerations must be taken into account to ensure they are as comfortable, safe, and happy as possible.


Set to open its doors in June 2021, Priesty Fields, a 78-bed purpose-built nursing care home, in Congleton, Cheshire, will offer an authentic gastro pub, farmers market, cinema, spa, salon, gym, library, private dining room, garden lounge, and GP office.


Listed below are some of the key areas of interior design that its team have carefully considered for the luxury home, so it can offer the utmost quality of care for those residing and working in it.


One of the biggest and most crucial design considerations should be to provide an environment that will allow staff to thrive. If they are empowered with a space that takes their mental wellbeing into consideration, they in turn will be able to provide the highest quality of care to others. Breakout areas for staff show they are valued and will result in a happy, healthy team. Outstanding spaces provide outstanding care.


Rather than a receptionist’s desk, the main entrance should take the shape of an interactive central hub that’s open to the community – consider implementing themes of the local community’s heritage. Paying homage to the area shows prospective residents that thorough research and planning has taken place - respect goes a long way.


Authenticity is key. Care homes should promote authenticity over proxy. Design each space first then tailor it to the care


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home, as opposed to designing the care home and getting each space to adapt to it. Throughout the design, the care philosophy should be intrinsic to offer the highest quality of care. People don’t live their lives in their bedrooms, so why should they do that in a care home?


Spaces that incorporate biophilic designs, such as living walls and water features, stimulate the senses and evoke positive feelings that promote good mental health. Priesty Fields will have a full-sized tree in its entrance with limestone flooring to give the impression of being outdoors.


MAKING AN ENTRANCE


Keeping with authenticity, connect with the community as soon as they step foot through the door. For instance, with the Congleton area having a lot of redbrick homes and buildings, Priesty Fields will use the same brickwork to give an industrial feel that’s recognisable and feels homely.


Target all senses. When someone walks into a care home, they should be met with aesthetically pleasing sights, sounds and even smells. It could be soſt jazz music coupled with the smell of fresh bread; tapping into and stimulating senses creates an environment people want to be a part of.


WALLS AND FLOORS


Be bold and creative with clashing patterns. Sticking with simple, mundane tones can look too similar to a commercialised or clinical space and should be avoided. A mixture of textures and patterns keeps the design eclectic and


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