Care Homes for Older People by Judi Torrington, Judith Torrington

By Judi Torrington, Judith Torrington

The supply of deal with older humans has replaced considerably over the last ten years and development amenities have to mirror this variation. Written by means of an architect and expert within the layout of residential and nursing houses, this ebook describes the wishes of the clients, offers specific layout assistance and summarises development procurement strategies. The commissioners of creating paintings and their designers of constructions will locate this a useful reference.

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Dead ends and dog legs should be avoided; it should be obvious which way to go. Long corridors may be inevitable but they are not ideal. It is better if you can see the day areas from the bedrooms. People like interesting places to sit. Interesting places are where things happen, so people will choose to sit in main entrances (even in a draught) watching service yards or at windows where something is going on outside. For someone who lives entirely in the present a constantly changing view of activity can be absorbing for long periods.

3 Private rooms: the resident’s private space–the threshold of which no one passes, including staff— without seeking and gaining permission. Residents have their own keys. Each area is defined by its own door/entrance. e. no separate entrances for different people. It allows access to all parts of the building without disturbing other activities. e. it eases the transition between different types of care. g. to the activity areas or restaurant without leaving the building. It promotes choice as to where and with whom the residents spend their time.

Systems and controls need to be user friendly and reliable. Night-time emergencies should be confined to problems with the residents, not the building. The health hazards associated with the job are back injuries, infections and sometimes attacks by the residents. Back injuries are caused by lifting with a bent back, and occur most frequently bathing residents or picking them up after a fall. Some residents can be very heavy and at times uncooperative. A single female should not lift a weight over five stone (32 kg), and two women together should not attempt to lift over eight stone (51 kg).

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