Case Study: Cedar View - Investing in science and style , Cedar View, Croydon, south London
"Throughout the design process the Blueleaf team worked collaboratively with staff and other key stakeholders to ensure we met our goals and overcame any challenges. The end result is a well-considered design, which puts dementia care at the very heart of Cedar View. This thought process and delivery has been instrumental in helping to attract new residents, as we are uniquely placed to deliver the best possible experience and levels of care.”
- Jag Grewal, Managing Director of LRH-Homes
What does it offer?
Cedar View offers state-of-the-art facilities over three floors, with dedicated care for up to 65 elderly residents, including acute nursing and dementia care and advanced dementia with palliative care.
What was the biggest challenge?
Each of the floors accommodates a different set of resident needs. How the floors were designed and equipped would be critical to supporting residents’ independence, wellbeing and comfort.
What difference did Blueleaf make?
Blueleaf was tasked with creating a market-leading modern care environment, where the interior design, furniture and equipment would enhance each resident’s experience and fully support the care team.
Roy Edwards, Global Marketing Director at Blueleaf explains: “Our designs not only needed to meet the high expectations of residents, but also cater for specific care needs, such as nursing and dementia and palliative care.
“It was critical that we understood Cedar View’s specific requirements and corporate goals and collaborated early with the wider build team.”
Creating the right environment – on multiple levels
A bespoke design solution was created that not only factored in all equipment but optimised the space for the best return on investment. Blueleaf made sure that it created the right environment for residents across each of the three floors.
It was essential to create a strong dementia setting that is homely, appropriate for its function and where design cues help residents identify rooms and get around.
Roy added: “In line with the Stirling principles, the design was based on science, not just style. It balances aesthetics with ease of use and accessibility.”
Improving residents’ quality of life
Blueleaf reviewed the architect’s drawings and recommended small build modifications. This included dividing up the proposed dining and living spaces to help residents get away from noise and stress, especially as residents with a hearing impairment can find certain some sounds unsettling.
Furniture utilised features specifically designed to help people with dementia feel more relaxed and at home.
To aid residents living with visual impairment, all chairs feature contrast piping so that residents can clearly define the shape and see the edges. Seats at a varying heights and depths also enables residents to select the seat that is right for them.
The flooring contrasts with the furniture, allowing patients to easily identify between the two. The bedrooms also have specially made curtains with plain edges. This design feature makes it easier for residents to open and close the curtains as they can more easily see the central meeting point.
Improving patient care
Each bedroom features beds from the Steiss Contemporary range. These electric profiling beds increase patient independence, assist faster recovery from illness and offer a high level of safety.
By adding a décor side skirt and a customised upholstered vinyl headboard to match each of the room’s interiors, the beds appear less clinical.
Designed for today – and tomorrow
Should residents be required to move to another floor, consistency of design as well as function will help the transition.
Six main standard bedroom designs were created and two-bedroom suite schemes. Each of the three floors also has its own pharmacy, with consistent colour, seating and signage.
Blueleaf also installed specialist signage throughout the centre, designed and positioned to help residents identify any room’s purpose without needing memory.
Jag Grewal, Managing Director of LRH-Homes, said: “Throughout the design process the Blueleaf team worked collaboratively with staff and other key stakeholders to ensure we met our goals and overcame any challenges.
“The end result is a well-considered design, which puts dementia care at the very heart of Cedar View. This thought process and delivery has been instrumental in helping to attract new residents, as we are uniquely placed to deliver the best possible experience and levels of care.”
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