The built environment has an impact on the health and well-being of a person living and socializing in it.
Historically aged care homes were built in an era that was guided by an institution model without the sense of home or the hospitality offering.
Unfortunately, some of the clinical characteristic still exist in many aged care homes without consideration or support for people living with dementia, loneliness and isolation.
It is a fundamental human need to feel validated and with a sense of purpose; it does not change as we age and as our needs evolve.
Good design is enabling, enriching and provokes our multi-senses.
There is an ongoing demand for significant refurbishment across existing residential homes, to meet the current expectations in age care living.
Refurbishing an existing home is not an easy task, therefore communication and collaboration are essential to creating a successful outcome. Operation and design need to be in synergy.
The presentation will share the experiences and lessons learnt in refurbishments. The conversation will include successful design solutions that have helped create happier environments.
The improvements to social communal spaces will be highlighted with an emphasis in activating community whilst providing retreat in personalised private spaces.