Where: The Lindsay, Poole.
What: 68 bed new build care home.
Purpose: Provide physical support through carefully considered furniture.
Creating Comfort: When Primetower Care wanted the interior of their latest 68 bed new build care home, The Lindsay, to look more homely with a sympathetic nod to its architectural style, Shackletons, and HomeSmiths interior design collaborated to create it.
Through their less clinical approach to care home interiors, Shackletons responded by supplying a range of interior furniture, soft furnishings, and artwork for the entire build, including resident bedrooms, coffee shop, restaurant, cinema, hobby room, salon, quiet lounge, library, and communal spaces.
“We developed an interior that provides physical support through carefully considered furniture. The chairs, sofas, occasional, and dining furniture provide a homely domestic setting. High-quality finishes; luxury fabrics, and tactile soft furnishings provide a bespoke designed look, but are tailored to be practical for the user as well as assistive to the delivery of good care.”
Each floor in the home has a colour theme to aid memory; a resident may not know which number floor they need but they will remember what colour it is. The texture of soft furnishings and upholstery was specifically selected to provide stimulation and interest to aid memory and social interaction. Chairs were provided in different heights and sizes, not just to accommodate personal preference, but to ensure the chairs offer the right support when using them.
Jacqui Smith of HomeSmiths said: “We took a challenging environment and responded creatively to resident needs as well as The Lindsay’s need to create a designed environment that would encourage residents to positively engage with where they live. We literally took a blank canvas and through design expression have created a space that makes a real difference to how people live.”