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DEMENTIA CARE FACILITIES


dementia patients to see, and orange in social spaces like the kitchen, to stimulate appetite and make for a more inviting space.”


Three ‘pods’


The new facilities are incorporated in three ‘pods’ – the central one for residents, staff, and visitors to congregate in, with the two external pods housing male and female inpatient facilities. Alex Caruso added: “Interior design-wise we put a priority on natural finishes such as oak, while vinyl flooring in a range of different colours aids patient orientation from one part of the units to the other.” The walls are primarily painted with Johnson’s paints, but the bathroom walls are clad in a matt Altro Whiterock material to address infection control and hygiene requirements, and provide the necessary colour contrast between the floors, sanitaryware, and walls.


The architect said: “We took into account light reflectance values (LRVs), and strove to ensure a smooth transition from one area to the next by maintaining the values of adjoining surfaces and floors within 10 degrees. This ensures that patients don’t see a colour change as a step or barrier. Where we wanted to distinguish different areas to aid orientation LRVs differ by over 30 degrees. In selecting furniture, we also looked at suitable light reflectance values.


The entrance to patient bedrooms pre- and post- the refurbishment work. Before


“We chose furniture from a number of suppliers to, for example, ensure a range of age-appropriate seating and tables, and give residents a degree of choice.”


Patient meals


Patient meals at Maister Lodge are prepared in a main kitchen from fresh, with patients able to eat them in a variety of locations. Jo Inglis said: “We try to make meals a time for interaction and social


After


activity, but there will be times when patients would prefer to eat alone. “Residents can, for example, eat in the ADL kitchen, the central area, or one of the other two lounges. We encourage relatives to visit, and one of the benefits of the additional space is many more locations for patients to eat, either alone, with other patients, or, for example, with visiting family. We can also invite patients and their relatives into ‘The Hub’, which we have


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