Urban care settings

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Following fact finding trips to Europe & the USA, DAVID HUGHES, senior partner of Altrincham based architects, Pozzoni LLP, has been intrigued by the contrasts and similarities between the facilities currently being specifically designed for older people, particularly in the middle of cities.

Older people can enjoy and benefit greatly from living in a secure environment within easy reach of existing town centre facilities. Providers can also find it relatively easier to recruit suitable carers in dense, urban environments.

Examples of specialised city centre schemes are limited in the UK and Europe. The greatest concentrations, in the Netherlands, tend, like ours, to be adaptations of previous flat developments. Some of these, like the Humanitas in Rotterdam, are excellent examples and should be visited.

The Acropolis ‘Apartments for Life’ in Rotterdam is one of nine separate schemes run by the Humanitas Foundation. The scheme is directed by their chief executive, Professor Hans Becker, previously Professor of Economics at the local University. The client, and chosen volunteers play a major role in their own care. Care is given on a ‘use it or lose it’ approach – applied to muscles as well as brains and on the philosophy ‘too much care is worse than too little care’.

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