ACA’s latest new build care home on behalf of Choice Care Group has started on site in Fishbourne after delays due to Covid19.
Located on the fringe of Fishbourne Conservation area this development brings together the complex needs of different service users, including Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Health.
Specifically, the care home design caters for a small group of 10 people within a village where they can live in a safe and individually supportive environment. Moreover, residents can involve themselves in the community as much or as little as they wish. Thus they can retain independence, dignity and an active lifestyle.
Unfortunately, the foundations had only just been completed when the lockdown forced work on site to stop. Hence an opportunity arose for the design team to take stock of the developing situation with the Coronavirus.
Choice Care Group has already experienced Covid cases in similar structures previously completed, which facilitated a review of the original design.
Firstly, the care home design for a small group of residents presents its challenges for social distancing measures. Therefore, the use of PPE and enhanced cleaning regimes are in place which require more storage capacity in future buildings.
In addition, the provision of self-contained apartments is critical to support isolation requirements when required. As ever, the best therapeutic space is the one where people feel at home.
Furthermore, people with profound Learning Disabilities can struggle with the concept of keeping away from others. Therefore designs need to create a proportion of larger bed-sits with sofas to support self-isolation within the comfort of the service users’ environment.
The larger bedroom would also future proof the environment to accommodate hospital size beds if required.
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