Care home design must take into account potential new variants and future pandemics.
This is the message from DWA Architect’s Lauren Di Pietro who said there must be a balance between implementing infection control procedures and ensuring homes remain open and promote homely independence.
“It’s clear that in society expectations of care have changed with a much higher focus on wellbeing, exercise, arts, entertainment,” she said. “With exciting in-house facilities and community involvement, homes resemble the hospitality sector rather than have the stigma of a home for the elderly.”
Di Pietro said architects are designing and renovating care homes that aim to nurture staff and residents but incorporate protocols and procedures to deal with infectious disease.
“Ensuites, indoor safe visiting rooms, hand wash facilities and Zoom rooms are minimal interventions that can be implemented into care home. In a post-pandemic world, loved ones may also live far away but visitors should be able to digitally visit.”
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