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FURNITURE & INTERIORS


Post-Pandemic Design


Jay Lewis, Compliance Manager at Exemplar Health Care, looks at how COVID-19 has changed interior design in care homes and discusses how some of these changes may continue to benefit residents and staff in the future.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, care managers across the nation have done all that they can to keep those living and working in homes safe. All care providers have had to make changes to the way in which they operate, but they’ve also had to think creatively about how to use space differently, to reduce the impact of social isolation, as well as adhering to social distancing rules.


At Exemplar Health Care, our main priority over the past 18 months has been to find a balance between keeping people safe, whilst continuing to promote independence, choice, and control. Looking forward to what our homes will look like aſter the pandemic, there are certain measures that we will continue to keep.


INTRODUCING STYLISH HYGIENIC


FURNISHINGS High standards of cleanliness are vital to keep everyone in our homes safe. During the pandemic, we have focused on


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introducing easy-to-clean and antimicrobial materials. Where possible, we’ve opted for stylish designs that have a less clinical feel and involved those living in the home in the choice of style and colours.


We strive to combine safety and aesthetics because it is important that our care homes feel homely and comfortable for everyone living and working there. Moving forward we will continue to ensure that our homes are aesthetically pleasing while keeping cleanliness as a priority.


MAKING ENTRANCE ADJUSTMENTS


Back in March 2020, we decided to make essential changes to the design of the entrance areas across all of our homes, to ensure all colleagues entering and exiting a building complied with our COVID safety rules. This included introducing thermal imaging cameras, UV air purifiers and space for people coming into the building to sanitise themselves, complete entry screening forms, and put on PPE. While we have been able to


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