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When designing or renovating a building for rehabilitation, care or retirement, there are plenty of interior features to consider. However, outdoor living is also important to quality care. Therefore we’ve put together a guide to designing an outdoor area which suits care centres and multi-occupancy housing.
Particularly beneficial elements you can cover in the grounds of a rehabilitation, retirement or care centre are:
There are, of course, various ways you can incorporate these aspects of care separately within the grounds of a retirement home or rehabilitation centre. Alternatively, you can combine elements of external works in order to create a cohesive plan for benefitting from outdoor living.
Firstly, you need to pick benches or seats which combine comfort with convenience; take a look at our guide to accessible seating design for ideas.
Next you must consider the value your seating area provides. For example, when investing in external works for projects in the UK, it’s important to take changeable weather into account!
We’re not suggesting it’s healthy to stay out in cold, windy rainstorms. However you can ensure clients get the most out of the seating area by ensuring it’s sheltered from light showers. For safety reasons, we would also recommend taking protection from UV rays into account.
Options for a covered seating areas include:
Installing an open pergola allows for the option of a ‘living roof’ with creepers and trailing foliage. This is a beautiful way of creating shade and could even improve air quality.
There is increasing awareness of the importance of gardening for everyone, from older adults’ dexterity to children developing motor skills.
Raised beds and planters encourage people to engage in this rewarding activity without straining their joints.
Combine seating and garden areas so everyone can enjoy the green space whilst resting. You could even use the area for mindfulness activities which improve wellbeing and cognitive functions.
The hospital garden pictured above is a great example of outdoor care. That’s because, in addition to providing seating and shelter, they also installed a basketball hoop for promoting physical activity! See the full case study here.
Another way of enhancing outdoor living as part of a care package is to install outdoor gym equipment for rehabilitation.
In a project at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, Broxap installed a bespoke canopy which allows patients to receive treatment whilst outside but close to the building. Why not apply this same principal and create a covered outdoor gym for a care home, rehabilitation centre or retirement complex?
Broxap created an outdoor treatment area with simplicity and practicality in mind.
Broxap supplied outdoor seating, bollards and cycle parking facilities.
Broxap products provide an outdoor seating area featuring arm rests for assistance.
Broxap’s canopy means residents now have an outdoor area for socialising.
Since Broxap has an in-house design team, we have the means to design a canopy to suit a specific budget and requirement. One of our most popular shelters for the health and social care sector is the Delamere Timber Canopy, as a result of its highly customisable features.
If you’re interested in working with Broxap on an outdoor design project, contact one of our external works experts today.