A Non-Clinical Approach to Care Homes

Being given a brief to design the interior of a couple of 9 bed care homes was a great opportunity for us in a new market. Our client wanted to achieve the show home look but with practical, safety conscious finishes and furnishings. So the clear message was out with the pastels and the Queen Anne chairs and in with something refreshingly different. The clients living in the homes are adults with learning issues of varying age and disability. Certain colours needed to be avoided and the individual needs of each resident taken into consideration.

Did we enjoy the work? We loved it – it was a total joy to see the residents happily settled in their new sitting room. The high point for me was when one of them gave me a big smile and asked whether I was the lady with the cushions. I confirmed that I was and he continued to beam and tell me how much he loved his bedroom. I left site that day feeling that we had truly created an environment that made the residents happy, secure and settled and at the end of the day, to me, that’s the most important part of what we do.