Top 5 Things to Consider When Decorating a Care Home
The UK care home sector is astronomical with over 410,000 residents, 5,500 providers and over 11,300 care homes for the elderly.
The industry itself is said to be worth around £15.9 billion a year in the UK alone, and here at Lustalux we’ve been helping those working in care homes, nursing homes and residential homes for over 20 years.
Moving to a care home can transform the quality of life for many older people who find that living in their own homes is no longer the best or safest option. It can be a major life change though and one that takes time to get used to, so it’s important that all providers supply a fun, safe, bright, clean and warm environment to ease the transition.
If your establishment is in need of a facelift, to achieve such an environment, here are some key elements to consider:
1. Is it easy for visitors and staff to find their way?
Whether it’s external or internal, signage is crucial to ensure people can find their way easily around a complex.
Outdoor signage is one of the first experiences one has with the brand, so make it a positive one by displaying the residence’s logo, name and directions clearly and simply.
And likewise, internal signage is equally important to make you stand out from the crowd. Whatever you’re displaying- directions, information, promotions or corporate messaging- make a good impression.
People with dementia can easily become intimidated by their surroundings, but clear signs using pictures and words will help residents move around confidently.
2. How are you stimulating their memories?
It’s important to keep care home residents stimulated and encourage emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual health.
It has been proven that colourful and thought-provoking wall graphics and murals help dementia sufferers by stimulating memories.
Dementia sufferers often have brilliant long-term memory. Graphics can create an environment that incites memories of the past and aid feelings of well-being.
- A mural along a bedroom corridor to replicate a suburban street to give the individual rooms a ‘homely’ appearance.
- Classic movie mural.
- High street establishments like a car garage or post office.
- Flowers and trees to recreate a garden.
3. Is the environment fun and vibrant?
Well considered interior design can help reduce anxiety and research has shown that good design is beneficial to the well-being of people with dementia and visual impairment.
As noted above, wall graphics and murals are a great and easy way to transform the walls with colourful pictures. And you can have virtually any image printed so why not get something bespoke to you e.g. a local iconic landmark.
But it’s not just the walls or windows that can be made vibrant.
You can also create a homely feel to the doors of a resident’s room by wrapping them in Architectural Vinyl Film to look like authentic house doors with knockers and letter boxes. It’s another creative way to offer comfort and familiarity!
4. Are the patients’ dignity and privacy protected with opaque and frosted glass?
All residents have a right to privacy, dignity and security.
Maintaining dignity applies to a number of aspects of a resident’s life including giving them privacy during moments of intimate care. But equally, members of staff have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable adults.
Frosted, opaque and etch effect window film offers privacy and security. Opaque window film gives the glass a frosted or coloured appearance, whilst preventing anyone from being able to view the interior of the care home.
Professionally installed, it can still allow almost all the natural light through but with added security.
5. Are patients and staff protected from UV, heat and glare issues in your conservatory or orangery?
Do the staff and residents suffer from excessive heat and glare in your conservatory or orangery? Are furniture and furnishings fading due to excessive heat and ultraviolet? Is the glass on your roof not performing as well as you expected?
Spring and summer temperatures inside any type of glass structure can become unbearable. Whether you have a conservatory or orangery at your establishment, a window film can help combat even the most acute heat and glare issues.
A solar control window film can reduce solar heat gain by up to 60% and glare by up to 90%!
There are some other questions to contemplate as well:
- Can people with cognitive impairments make sense of the environment e.g. the furniture is a contrasting colour to the carpet?
- Are there matt surfaces and slip resistant flooring?
As you can see, there are a plethora of elements to think about to create a safe, fun, warm environment which benefits residents and staff alike.
If you would like some expert help with your window film, graphics and signage needs, give us a call or click here to get a quote.