A 68 bed new build care home has been given a more homely feel by interior designers Shackletons and HomeSmiths.
The two designers partnered on the project for The Lindsay care home run by Primetower Care in Poole, Dorset.
Jason Bloom, national sales manager at Shackletons, said: “We developed an interior that provides physical support through carefully considered furniture. The chairs, sofas, occasional, and dining furniture provide a homely domestic setting. High quality finishes; luxury fabrics, and tactile soft furnishings provide a bespoke designed look, but are tailored to be practical for the user as well as assistive to the delivery of good care.
“Each floor in the home has a colour theme, this aids memory; a resident may not know which number floor they need but they will remember what colour it is. The texture of soft furnishings and upholstery is also incredibly important. We selected materials that would provide stimulation and interest to aid memory and social interaction. Chairs were provided in different heights and sizes, not just to accommodate personal preference, but also to ensure the chairs offer the right support when using them.”
Jacqui Smith, of HomeSmiths said: “We took a challenging environment and responded creatively to resident needs as well as The Lindsay’s need to create a designed environment that would encourage residents to positively engage with where they live. We literally took a blank canvas and through design expression have created a space that makes a real difference to how people live.
“There’s something very satisfying about learning that people have their preferred chair and place to spend time safely and securely without fear of making a mistake, getting lost, or falling over. Resident satisfaction is high, everyone who spends time in the home responds positively.”
Shackletons has been in the business of creating comfort for over 50 years and is the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of specialist contract furniture for the healthcare sector.