Care homes must consider inclusive design when planning their buildings to ensure everyone can participate equally, confidently and independently in everyday activities.
This is the view of Lauren Di Pietro, architect at DWA Architects, who says inclusivity must be embedded into care home design.
“Inclusive design is not just about physical barriers; it encompasses emotional wellbeing, particularly through design for dementia techniques, plus social inclusion and diversity,” she says.
“Social inclusion is the process of improving the terms on which individuals and groups take part in society; improving the ability, opportunity and dignity of those disadvantaged on the basis of their identity.”
She adds that it is important to recognise that creating and planning design solutions with inclusivity in mind improves the quality of the home and does not have to increase costs.
“The principles of inclusive design relate more to a process than a product, where a single design solution cannot prevail, but instead offers a solution of diversity, variety and choice which is invisible and unhampering to all. The most successful inclusive designs work better for everyone and happen without statement.”