Planning go-ahead for care homes with a difference

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

PRP Architects Ltd has received planning permission for a care home and sheltered housing in Wales that aims to set new standards in care for older people with dementia. The development in Newport will combine 40 self-contained flats for the over-60s with a 60-bed care home for elderly people who are more physically frail. The design of both an extracare housing scheme and a 60-bed care home offers a valuable continuing care facility in the Newport area. The flats will incorporate features that cater specifically for older people with dementia, such as a “wandering route” to give residents a clear circular pathway to follow through the building and gardens. Smart technology plays a key role in the scheme ­ a flexible monitoring system will alert staff if a resident has fallen or is showing unusual activity patterns, for example being up more often than normal in the night. Mark Walker, of PRP Architects, said the project demonstrated how a focused approach to the architecture of a building could enhance the

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