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Care Home Architecture: Finding a Balance Between Aesthetics and Functionality

When designing any building, there are two key things to consider – aesthetics and functionality. The same is true for care home architecture. This being said, finding the right balance between the two is easier said than done.

In today’s blog post, we explore 4 key considerations for these kinds of projects…

4 Considerations for Care Home Architecture

  1. Safeguarding Features

When running or managing a care home, you have a duty of care for the people who are living within the facility. With this in mind, during the care home architecture process, security and safeguarding need to be a key consideration.

Entryways, such as doors and windows, are open to vulnerability. As such, architects should consider the layout of your building and any technology that can be installed to prevent unauthorised access. Residents’ homes should also be secured and not accessible by the public for safety reasons.

  1. Space Utilisation

Given the nature of care home residents, extra thought needs to be given to accessibility. Some residents may be wheelchair bound or require the help of walking aids, meaning more space will be needed within walkways. The same can be said for communal kitchens, lounges, and dining areas. Even when planning furniture placement, you should ensure there is adequate room for all residents to manoeuvre freely.

  1. Creating A Homely Feel

Moving into a care home can feel like a big and daunting change at a time in people’s lives where stability is crucial. Care home architecture should consider this and design rooms in a way that creates a homely and safe environment. For example, soft flooring, warm colours, and cosy furniture should be used to create a light and welcoming space.  

  1. On-Site Facilities

Some care homes, especially those that are privately owned, have on-site facilities such as a hairdresser, nail salon, medical centre, or even a swimming pool. If you have a budget for these areas within your development, it goes without saying that you must consider the special allowances you need to make to facilitate them. For example, swimming pools should be surrounded by adequate non-slip flooring.

How Munday + Cramer Can Help

Here at Munday + Cramer, we have a number of departments within our practise. These include a team of RIBA qualified architects, RICS accredited surveyors, procurement specialists, facilities experts, and project managers. With this in mind, we are able to offer our clients a full, turn-key solution where required.

In addition to the above, we also have over 40 years of experience working on architecture projects across the county. You can read a number of different case studies by clicking here to get a feel for our approach, dedication, and professionalism.

Getting In Touch

Interested in working with us on your upcoming care home architecture project? We would love to help! For more information about our services and pricing, get in touch today. You can call us on 01245 326 200 or click here to fill out our contact form.