The Architectural design and subsequent refit for this Dementia living space for the NHS which took 6 months from start to finish to complete. The project was initiated with a series of meetings with staff to assess what they felt the major operational problems were with the current layout. One of the major issues that had to be addressed in the new scheme was the ward layout as the original space lacked logical orientation, which unsettled the patients and created increased anxiety.
Colour defines areas of the ward, to improve orientation. Teal blue walls contrast against brown upholstery and ash wood, helping patients with impaired vision to recognise doors, windows and seating.
Dementia patients who maybe visually impaired find it easier to sit down when there is a clear contrast between the floor and seat colours
The architectural design used timber alcoves around seating areas help to improve acoustics, through the prevention of sound traveling within the space which was leading to unsettled patients.
The use of large natural landscape images for the walls open up the NHS dementia ward and give the ward a sense of place.
A communal television is disguised behind calming imagery to enable quieter periods within the living space, encouraging interaction and conversation.
An infection safe computer unit allows access to online communication within the clinical environment.
Images of the local area from the 1920's and music speakers disguised as old-fashioned radios enable patients to reminise.
A fish tank and changing LED lit screens add calming interest to the space with the translucency allowing a clear line of sight for staff across the ward space.
A sensory board enables stimulation for patients and provokes interaction with staff and family. The board features inter-changeable panels that can be undated dependant on the patients background.
The creation of the quiet lounge provides a comfortable and homely space, the used of high specification fabrics allow a domestic feel to the space. The two-seater benches designed along with patients for maximum comfort and support enable patients to sit closley with family members and staff .
Mapping the flow of patient and staff movement informs the layout of the space, with unused space used for seating areas helping the ward space to be as operational as possible.
From initial design through to final installation