The gentle clink of charged glasses, the contented hum of intent conversation, punctuated by smiles and laughter. A glance is enough to convince you that this is rich and rewarding social environment in which people are truly engaged. Welcome to the ‘Redhilll Rooster’.  A pub.  In a residential care home.

The physical care environment can promote independence The ‘Rooster’ is situated is situated in the Red Hill care home which is run by Shaw Healthcare who provides specialist dementia nursing care. The recent launch party included a cocktail afternoon, as well as entertainment provided in fine style by a local singer. The pub was created by the Shaw Healthcare maintenance team, and is now a permanent fixture within the care home. It was created  using materials that were donated by locals, including a beer pump from a former resident, as well as several bar stools from the nearby Cap and Gown pub. As well as traditional pub furniture, the ‘Rooster’ has a dart board and snooker table to allow residents to while away the hours.

Dulcie Turner, manager of Red Hill care home, said,  “Our residents, many of whom live with dementia, have already warmed to the familiar traditional pub setting, which reminds them of their youth and gives them a chance to become more conversational and open up to staff and others in the home…”

The Rooster is just one example of how good design can positively enhance a caring environment. Its something that has been critically examined. Studies have shown that physical design changes in long-term care settings such as lighting, décor and artwork can improve the mood of residents, and furniture positioning can be used to facilitate social interaction. Other features such as large clocks, handrails, and mirrors can also be used greatly enhance resident independence.

The size of a care setting also seems to make a difference. Research indicates that smaller units contributed positively to reducing stress levels. It seems unit size correlates positively with increased levels of support and supervision as well as increased and enhanced interaction between staff and residents. Such interactions ensure that needs are met and episodes of low level challenging behaviour are seamlessly avoided.

Chris Knight, Head of Social Care Training at SecuriCare said, “It’s clear the physical care environment can either help or hinder the delivery of care and support. With thought and planning lots can be done to create stimulating environments that facilitate the delivery of optimal support as well as providing services users with maximum autonomy..”

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