Care homes should take a well-considered and holistic approach to care home interior design to meet the expectations of families.
This is the message from architect and design company Corstorphine & Wright which points out in our latest issue how good design can be a unique selling point for a care home or residential village operating in a competitive local market.
“Post-pandemic, expectations of the care sector are driving demand for a specific lifestyle. Residents and their families want to feel they are moving into a true home from home,” said associate Julie Smyth.
In addition, she added that if interior design is developed and implemented effectively it can foster a sense of community that enables people to live the life they really want to.
“It also creates a coherent brand for the care home, which is crucial to create a point of difference locally.”
Smyth’s advice includes ensuring interior design does not impact negatively on the care experience. It should make a positive difference with, for example, colour-themed floors and clear signage to help residents.
“Keep things simple. Sometimes all that is required is complementary décor or little niches and snugs to create a cosy atmosphere,” she said.
Read more on this topic in our latest issue. Read online here.