Care minister Norman Lamb’s demands that care homes should fitted with furniture from residents’ own homes has been warmly welcomed by not for profit care provider Anchor.
Mr Lamb said fitting out bedrooms with the curtains, bedspreads and furniture of their residents would help make them civilised, especially for those with dementia. It would help personalise care.
Gwen Irvine, national care lead of Anchor said: “Creating an environment that older people feel at ease in when they are being cared for is essential. Moving into a care home can be an unsettling time for some so it’s vital that the home works with residents to help them feel relaxed and safe, and to help them develop a connection with their carer.
“At Anchor, we encourage residents to bring personal items with them when they stay with us, like photos or furniture, to help them to feel more at home. Design touches, such as specially built memory panels filled with personal items and framed photos on bedroom doors at our West Hall care home, are especially helpful for those living with dementia.
Meanwhile, Forme UK have been appointed by Bupa as interior design consultants to develop a new interior design palette for their 300 care homes.
One key focus of the re-design will be the emphasis on a ‘home’ environment which will address dementia specific requirements and will aim to considerably reduce corporate branding beyond the welcome area of each home.
Forme UK have carried out extensive research into the likely profile of potential residents in the near and not too distant future to create environments that are more in tune with the expectations of this new generation of care home users. This has resulted in a contemporary palette of colour schemes that avoid recognisably institutional products whilst carefully integrating joinery elements that create areas for residents to display some of their most personal artefacts.