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A new approach to care home design
“And all artwork has been carefully curated to ensure it has enough negative space to be easily deciphered.” Maintaining everyday skills The first floor will house the dementia accommodation and facilities, including the kitchen pantry and the winter garden. “These areas are designed to give residents tactile experiences and will allow maintenance of everyday life skills,” said Bernard. “In the kitchen pantry, there will be a fully-functioning kitchen, encouraging residents to get involved with supervise...
Designing for extra care: What can COVID teach us?
Older people choosing extra care are looking for supportive environments beyond their front doors. Supporting sustainability Sustainability isn’t only about environmental performance. There’s a housing shortage across the UK and one way of addressing this is to encourage more movement in the market. Offering older people improved options for later living can help create a more-sustainable housing market. Extra care housing schemes must meet users’ aspirations and this is about rightsizing rather than do...
Dementia and mental health design best practice comes under the spotlight
They worked with James Leadbitter, creator of Madlove: A Designer Asylum, an approach that blends research, design, building ,and exhibitions to reimagine how mental health facilities could look. Christian said: “When it came to the engagement process, there was a strong feeling from some patients and their parents that they didn’t want the unit to follow the trend of being homely and domestic. “Spaces needed to be comfortable and functional, but service users still needed to know they were in a place of...
Flooring fit for healthcare
Chris Rand, segment marketing manager for healthcare at Forbo Flooring Systems, discusses the factors that must be considered when it comes to choosing floor coverings for healthcare settings
How technology can support people living with dementia 
We speak to Zillah Moore from Tunstall about how technology can help people with dementia to remain in their own homes for longer
DESIGN IN MENTAL HEALTH RETURNS TO COVENTRY BUILDING SOCIETY ARENA
The leading national conference and exhibition for professionals in the mental health sector will be returning to Coventry next month.
Controlling airborne contamination within operating theatres
The APSX Air Pressure Stabiliser has been purpose designed for the application of differential air pressure in environments such as operating theatres to control airborne contamination. They effectively regulate differential air pressures between adjoining areas. And, once air pressure changes reach certain levels, the stabilisers close to maintain a clean room and sterile operating theatre environment.  The air pressure stabiliser: Operates within a comprehensive range of 3 to 50pa Is manufactured in ...
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