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Retirement Living Design

Whether it’s a sheltered housing scheme, assisted living or extra care, moving from your home of many years into a new shared living environment can be incredibly stressful. Professional retirement living design with homely and inviting communal spaces can not only make the move less traumatic but support residents in making connections with their new neighbours and help them to build new communities. We feel that every scheme should have its own identity, so we take the time to produce retirement living designs that are unique and sit comfortably with the location and style of the building as well as the cultural history of the area. We carefully consider art specifications, creating talking points and interesting collections which relate to the local area and encourage residents to connect over shared memories.

All our retirement living clients can be assured that their schemes will be designed with sensory and cognitive decline in mind. We have a deep understanding of dementia friendly interior design and how the built environment can make an enormous difference to the physical and mental health and well-being of residents. We recognise how colour can be used not only to achieve tonal contrast but also the way in which  colour affects how people feel in their surroundings and consequentially how they respond and behave. We also appreciate the importance of good lighting and how, as well as making spaces safer for residents to navigate and go about their day to day routine with visual comfort, the staff also benefit.  Our retirement living design approach takes into account acoustics to lessen the stress of unnecessary noise and promote the sounds we want.  Understanding the health and well-being benefits of biophilic design, we also incorporate direct and indirect elements of nature within our schemes.  Well-designed environments which enable people to live independently for as long as possible, benefit everyone.

Using Local Themes in Design

Testimonial from Project Manager

In our capacity as Employer’s Agent, we worked with HomeSmiths on both the Montgomery Court Extra Care and Bonney Court sheltered housing schemes for West Kent Housing Association. Our role was to co-ordinate the implementation of the interior design schemes prepared by HomeSmiths with each contractor. Throughout this process we found HomeSmiths to be extremely professional whilst remaining very approachable and easy to work with. Both schemes benefited from the quality of the interior design. We would not hesitate to work with them again.
James Pelling, Employer’s Agent for West Kent Housing Association

Resident Testimonial

I have recently moved into Montgomery Court and may I congratulate you on the wonderful decor. With over clever and innovate blending of colours you have made Montgomery Court a very pleasant place to live. Congratulations.
Dorothy, resident, Montgomery Court, Wainscott

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