Investing in tomorrow’s care environments

Investing in tomorrow’s care environments

Modern, sustainable care environments are critical to meeting rising expectations of residential and nursing care. High quality properties ensure both the standard of care and the long term operational and commercial stability of the provider, securing long term continuity of care.

In addition to our flagship partnership with Suffolk County Council, our programme of new-build specialist homes is delivering state of the art new buildings for a mix of local authority supported and private residents.

Edinburgh, Hailsham, Orpington, St Ives, Poole, Cheltenham, Kidderminster…. and beyond

As well as being sympathetic to their surroundings and offering the very best settings to deliver excellent care, our new homes are already enjoying design award success.

In our Cairdean House care home in Edinburgh we offer the highest standards of nursing, residential and respite care for older people, including those who are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This 90-bed home made the final three of the 2014 Pinder Design Awards.

The home was designed by internationally renowned architect Richard Pollock, Director of Architecture at Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre, to not only enable confidence and independence among residents but also to blend seamlessly into its rural location.

Each ten bed unit has the capability of being completely self-functioning with its own lounge and kitchen/dining areas. This gives residents the ability to create their own areas and to maintain independence, as smaller functioning areas are more beneficial for those residents with cognitive issues and are less likely to cause stress, disorientation or anxiety.

There are also lots of calm outdoor spaces, designed by a specialist in dementia-friendly landscaping, where residents can go to relax or just enjoy the fresh air. The gardens have been designed to feel homely and functional and the raised flower beds are a practical facility with proven therapeutic benefits – especially welcomed by the residents who enjoy gardening.

Bowes House in Hailsham has won a heritage award for the incorporation of an iconic brewery building into the heart of the development. The site was home to Lynns Brewery and the tower, built in the 1880s, is recognised locally as a landmark. The redbrick tower has been sensitively included into the design of the new home and the team, who wanted the site’s connection to the brewery to live on inside the home, named the in-house coffee shop Lynns.

We know that maintaining local connections not only sets a home firmly within its community but also gives residents links to their past. At Foxbridge House in Orpington, Kent, local schoolchildren chose the suites’ names – Bluebell, Larch and Willow - and lounges and corridors are decorated in local themes such as Biggin Hill airfield, Brands Hatch race circuit and Down, the nearby home of Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist.

Maintaining personal relationships both inside and outside a home is a key factor in ensuring residents feel happy and settled in their new home, so we have built that into our designs too. At Field Lodge in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, we offer a number of rooms that interconnect to create a suite, with a lounge and kitchenette on one side and a bedroom and bathroom on the other. These are ideal for couples or individuals who enjoy more independent lifestyles.

We also take into account the need to provide the right balance between social activities and peaceful relaxation in our new homes. Social spaces such as The Potteries’ cinema and coffee shop in Poole or Sandfields’ hair salon and library in Cheltenham are popular meeting places, while lounges in each unit provide quieter areas for time away from too many other people.