The Care Home Designer Ltd
Taking the entire care home environment to the next level, making them better places to live and work and enabling care home businesses to deliver better quality care and be sustainable for our future needs.
- 1 June 2018
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Leeds Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
I've spent eleven years designing products specifically to assist people with dementia to cope with their surroundings better when dementia tries to get in the way. I believe we can do far better for people living in care homes today by improving their welfare through a more enabling and intelligently designed environment. These improvement's have profound impact on the residents, but also on the people who work there and the business itself. So, making a home more enabling for residents and staff, also makes for a more succesful business which is essential if we're to stop closing homes and ensure there are as many places available as possible for the increasing demand.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
As with any business, getting a clear message to prospective clients is a major task. Having identified a client, I need to give them the confidence that my strategies are the right way to proceed (and they are!!) but in the face of conflicting information from different sources, many operators lack confidence in how to proceed. My case studies and strategies based on evidential research will help operators over this hurdle and ensure they proceed confidently and expect a healthy return on their investment too.
Deliver healthier, more enabling environments to care home residents
We have enough knowledge and experience to deliver much better care homes than we do at present. It's our duty to employ all the nkowledge we have to provide the most suport we can for those who can't effect the changes needed to support themselves.
Through a better application of our knowledge about how surroundings affect the psychological and physical wellness of an individual, we can create much more supportive places for people to live. It doesn't involve premium costs, just premium quality thinking.
Making care homes more rewarding places to be employed.
Poorly designed care homes are hugely counter-productive and impact negatively on staff. By involving staff teams in the creation of design concepts that tackle the short-comings of the home that they know better than anyone else, we can improve the quality of care received by residents and make the job of working in a care home much more rewarding and meaningful.
Improving the viability of struggling care homes
It's a terrifying fact that too many care homes are closing down and not enough appropriate places are being created. Consequently there's a growing gap in the supply and demand chain.
Through our comprehensive analysis of how the care home environment looks and functions, and its importance to all stake holders, we can provide a route to maximum revenue by making homes more appropriate for the services they need to provide. Central to the success of the home, is the environment within it. It's appearance and how effective it is for residents, staff and visitors impacts massively on the desirability of the home. Employing the most appropriate design schemes based on residents specific needs, the needs and expectations of staff and the expectations of prospective clients, makes for a healthier, more marketable home which in turn, ensures its survival and continued ability to provide its services in the community. This is vitally important for the sector if it isn't to simply crumble under the burden of increasing demand.