Welsh regulator the Care Inspectorate is consulting on care home design.
The draft design guidance, Building Better Care Homes describes and illustrates good building design for care homes for adults.
It provides guidance for those designing a new building, or registering a premises that was previously registered as a care home. It is also relevant when planning to improve the environment of existing premises, seeking to change the legal entity of the provider, take over an existing care service, or vary an existing condition of registration.
Existing providers should note that quality frameworks are also used for inspection. Quality frameworks for care homes for older people, and for care homes for adults have a key question which is “How good is our setting.” The three quality indicators associated with this key question are: people experience high quality facilities; the setting promotes and enables people’s independence; people can be connected and involved in the wider community.
The design guidance covers a wide range of parameters from planning and building standards to toilets and bathrooms.
The consultation runs until Sunday 18 July.