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2019 LEADERS IN CARE AWARDS: CARE HOME DESIGN OF THE YEAR

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This award recognises the new care homes raising the bar in terms of providing a homely and welcoming atmosphere, while also offering an environment that is supportive of great care and boosting wellbeing.

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 shortlist includes the following companies:

Grosvenor Manor, New Care

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Working with award-winning partners, from the architect and horticulturist to the principal contractor, manufacturer and interior designer, as well as leaders in their field, such as blueleaf, Shift 8 ‘Tovertafel Magic Table’ and Ooomph! to name a few, New Care has selected only the very best innovators in the creation of Grosvenor Manor.  Together, outstanding design, care and wellbeing is created. The latest technology such as acoustic monitoring, e-compliance electronic care planning with accident and incident reporting, and circadian rhythm lighting has been incorporated. Grosvenor is also the first care home in the UK to install Tiny Tablet, De Choker and Tovertafel. From the moment you step foot inside, the welcoming hotel-style lobby with seating for family/friends and the receptionist’s desk immediately sets the scene. Grosvenor Manor’s communal lounges are stylish and spacious, arranged to encourage residents to sit and speak with each other in small groups.  The elegant dining rooms are set up as restaurants, with residents encouraged to dine with each other at every meal, boosting social interaction. Spa-assisted bathrooms, nail bars and hairdressers ensure residents can always look their best.  The terraces and gardens allow residents to enjoy leisurely walks and plenty of fresh air, as well as continue with their outdoor hobbies, including tending to the flowers.

Riverside Place, Caring Homes

Riverside Place is a winner of this year’s Pinders’ Healthcare Design Award and has also been  shortlisted in the Knight Frank 2019 Design Awards. The home is Caring Homes’ most recent luxury offering, providing residential, nursing, palliative and dementia care. Situated on the outskirts of the affluent town of Ware, and a stone’s throw away from the River Lea and Amwell Nature Reserve is designed around the needs of its residents. Caring Homes’ design ambition was to provide a home to ensure residents have the highest quality of life and this was achieved through four key elements – care, light, the environment and the continuous interaction between external and internal spaces. Riverside Place is a stunning building set over four floors, but the design focuses on the resident bedrooms across the first three floors. Each floor is split into two wings with nurse stations positioned to manage both areas. The floors are purposefully sub-divided to create manageable wings (maximum 15 beds per wing) for staffing but importantly residents can flow through the home and all communal facilities are open plan. Centralising the staffing facilities creates a heart for each floor where staff can monitor the home without being overbearing for residents.

Belong Newcastle under Lyme

Belong Newcastle-under Lyme is the UK’s first care village to feature a historic building, the Belong Heritage Gallery, it builds on the organisation’s vibrant community model by using local heritage to bring people together. At the same time, it retains its focus on dementia-friendly, homely spaces and the gallery houses a dementia centre of excellence, with a range of carefully thought-out facilities, services, activities and unique reminiscence resources. The Heritage Gallery was made possible through a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid, securing £2 million to transform an iconic 17th century building and sympathetically integrate this within the village. Working closely with museums, Belong created a range of spaces including Samuel Bell’s Tea Room, Reminiscence Lounge; Old Pomona Inn licensed pub and Arts & crafts studio with special needs potter’s wheel. Activities include memory boxes, pub games, dances, video, theatre, arts, craft & pottery. The gallery received over 4,000 visitors during the first year and won the RICS Award for Community Benefit (West Midlands 2019).

Speedwell Court, Abbeyfield Society 

Abbeyfield’s Speedwell Court in Southampton has been two years in research and design prior and during the construction period.  Opting to follow guidelines set out by the Care Quality Commissions’ ‘Fundamental Standards of Quality and Care’, the BREEAM sustainability assessment method and Stirling University Audit Toolkit guidelines has helped to create a home which fulfils excellent values, optimising room sizes, appropriate corridor widths, specialist bathing facilities and assistive care technology as integral design. The provision of light reflecting interiors includes the design of windows to support circadian rhythms, enabling improved sleep patterns, reduced falls, developing appetite and prompting the natural release of endorphins (reducing the need use for medication). Residential and dementia care is supported with the installation of an interactive visual activity device specially designed to stimulate those living with dementia that is incorporated in the dedicated activities and hobby room. All staff team members, including the ancillary support team, are trained as part of Abbeyfields’ licensed virtual dementia training and the Dementia Friends movement.

Arlington Manor, Hallmark Care Homes

Arlington Manor in Cambridge features the latest design innovations and home comforts, winning ‘Best New Care Home’ at the prestigious Pinders Healthcare Design Awards this year. Boasting 85 bedrooms in an industry leading 65 sqm per resident, this home is designed for residents to enjoy life to the full. Design innovations are linked with the Hallmark ‘Together’ dementia strategy, providing new thinking around wayfinding, an interactive nurse call system incorporating the latest monitoring systems, drinks stations for hydration, a physiotherapy room, a music room and a crafts room with a built in Tovertafel table. The fabulous interior designs in our spacious bedrooms, including suites for couples, incorporate our latest thinking in luxurious ergonomic en-suite facilities. Access to outside space and gardening, all year round, is encouraged through beautiful landscaping, and large terraces on all levels including winter and summer gardens.

Tickets for the Leaders in Care Awards can be purchased online here.

For details of table purchases and unique sponsorship opportunities around the Leaders in Care Awards, please contact Josh Waddell on 020 3176 5458 or email josh.waddell@itppromedia.com

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