New plans unveiled for dementia care home to promote independence

Midlands | Property & Construction

An architecture practice has unveiled plans for a dementia care home that promises to promote independence, comfort, and quality of life for residents through intelligent architecture.

Leonard Design Architects, headquartered in Nottingham, is behind the design which proposes extensions to both the ground and first floor of the existing Church Farm at Skylarks home in West Bridgford.

The scheme also includes the addition of assisted living pods within the grounds as well as the renovation of a heated therapy pool which was historically popular with local charities and community groups.

Becky Smith, Leonard Design Architects’ dementia care expert, said: “The over 65’s population is projected to increase by nearly 60% in the next 25 years so the development of more private care homes is essential.

“At the same time, there’s no reason for public sector care facilities to be treated as purely clinical spaces, prioritising the practical over the personal. Nottingham is fortunate to have Patrick and the Church Farm Care team who want to take a fresh approach to improve the residents’ sense of independence and create a truly happy and healthy environment.

“By looking at the Dutch approach to care home design, specifically visiting first-hand the pioneering Hogeweyk ‘dementia village’ in the Netherlands, it’s clear there are real health benefits to intelligent design. It’s exciting that Nottingham may soon have an innovative and forward-thinking care home to give a different option to local people with dementia.”

The Church Farm at Skylarks application, which is currently with Rushcliffe Borough Council, outlines a design to provide 32 new bedrooms, the erection of five detached assisted living pods, the reinstatement of the swimming pool, and enhanced landscaping.

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