At LuxuryCare, we go the extra mile to make sure our residents feel at home. Research has shown that the design and environmental features of one’s surroundings have a big impact on mental health, which is why our houses and gardens are specifically designed to make life easier for people with dementia.
As we get older, it’s normal for our vision to deteriorate. It can be harder to see certain colours, see well at night, use our peripheral vision, and distinguish between objects with weak colour contrasts. In older people with dementia, these sensory changes cannot always be communicated or understood easily. They may make ‘visual mistakes’ while trying to understand what they are seeing, leading to disorientation, fear, and behavioural changes.
To help reduce confusion, we’ve paid special attention to lighting, signage, and other visual cues when designing our homes. Our team have designed special bedroom door plaques with each occupant’s name, and a picture that can assist the resident in finding their room. Each of our corridors is decorated with colourful images depicting different themes, such as a street, garden, or beach, that help stimulate residents’ visual senses and make it easier for them to recognise where they are. Our handrails are all topped with a brightly coloured band to make them more visible and increase residents’ safety and independence while walking. Our bedroom and toilet doors are painted in bright colours to help those with vision loss or difficulties identifying contrast colours.
Outside the homes, our gardens serve as a peaceful retreat where residents can relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature around them. Our gardens are protected by walls and wooden gates that are securely locked with a keypad, making them safe places to sit, stroll, and unwind.