Interior Design In Nursing Homes Becoming More Dynamic And Colorful

Nursing homes, care homes, assisted living homes, wherever you’re from and whatever you call them, you probably have a certain idea about what they look like. They’re sterile, white-walled, smell musty, serve cafeteria food, and have tiny bedrooms with a hospital-like atmosphere. Or at least, that’s what they’ve traditionally been like. These days, however, there is change in the wind. UK writer Sue Learner, a news editor for, said, “Care homes,” as they’re known in the UK, “have undergone a transformation over the past couple of decades and a growing number are offering luxury interiors more similar to that of a hotel.”

Creating An Appealing Environment
These days nursing homes have realized there is competition even in their market, especially with the aging generation of baby boomers, and they’re upping their ante in order to stand out from the crowd. Jason Bloom, the national sales manager of a furnishing chain, said, “The care sector has many forward thinking and dynamic care operators who are certainly nothing like the old stereotyped images many people still have. . . . [They are] more aware of . . . the need for appealing and creative interior solutions.”

More Fabric Options
Bloom said form is becoming just as important as function. Recent studies have indicated the impact a positive environment can have on the mind and body. Technological advances have also improved the cleanability factor of furnishings and interior design. Care homes now have a wider selection of options for waterproof fabrics, stain repelling, and odor control.

An Active Area
An important factor to realize about nursing home residents is that not all of them are frail, bedridden, or comatose. Many of them still have social expectations, want places to relax, and also have the opportunity to be independent and even active.

Helping With Dementia
Bloom said that the very colors of a nursing home can help make a resident’s life easier, especially those with dementia. He explained, “Having dementia doesn’t mean loss of independence or quality of life; but confusion, disorientation and frustration can result . . . if residents are not accommodated.” To do this, some nursing homes will use color to help residents differentiate between different rooms and activities.

“Colors of fabrics help to easily define areas. Colors become cues to help residents distinguish between an activity, dining or living area, and even the toilet,” Bloom said.

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