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3 part series: Why the right built environment is critical to the delivery of specialist care (Part 1 – Internal Environment)

April 7, 2021

According to the NHS, there were over 840,000 adults receiving care in 2019.

When it comes to the delivery of specialist adult care, there are a wide range of factors that organisations must consider from their clinical and care teams and service delivery to care management. But what about the fabric and design of the facility itself? To what extent does this impact upon the wider care offering?

Poorly-designed facilities – the risks

Age and illness-related changes can have a significant effect on how a person receiving care interprets, navigates, and interacts with their environment. A poorly-designed facility that hasn’t taken into account the current and future needs of its users can lead to confusion, sensory overload, anxiety and stress, potentially setting back critical progress made on rehabilitative or therapeutic journeys.

Well-designed facilities – the benefits

On the other hand, a facility that has been carefully designed with the specific needs of its users in mind can yield excellent therapeutic benefits for residents, such as aiding memory, encouraging socialness, reinforcing personal identity, and empowering independence – all of which have considerable weighting on mental and physical wellbeing, and quality of life.

In this 3-part series, Tony Shenton, new build extra care director at J Tomlinson Ltd, discusses just some of the many factors you’ll need consider when creating adult care facilities that are fit for the future.

Complete the form at the bottom of this page to download part one: “It’s what’s on the inside that counts – your care facility’s internal environment’.

Part 2 of this special 3-part series will be issued next week, and will focus on the benefits of making the most of external areas and landscaping.


For more information, please get in touch with us here.

Download part 1 - Internal Environment: It's What's On The Inside That Counts!

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J Tomlinson, which was founded in Nottingham the 1950s, works primarily across the Midlands, Yorkshire and Northern and Central England.

The company provides a range of sustainable building solutions including refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, engineering services, extra care construction, renewable energy, and facilities management, working across a range of key sectors including extra care, healthcare, blue light, social housing and local government.

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