Architectonicus. Care Architects...   ...A refreshing approach to healthcare design.
Living well. Recovering well.

Care environments:
Extra Care / Assisted Living,
Day Care. Respite Care.
Healthcare. Care Farms

Overview

Improving Wellbeing   |   Transforming Lives

As care designers, we utilise a special Mind in Mind approach. Reducing utility costs, such as heating and water. Improving the staff environment and easing delivery of care; increasing staff retention and attraction for new, high quality staff. 

As care designers, we create environments that, through their base structure and space planning, are easy to extend, simple to re-organise or develop, so you can move with the  times. Maintenance is easy.

We work with you, through our expertise and ongoing research into the experience of recovering from or living with complex physical or psychological diagnosis, the needs of carers for those people, and how the environment can support all aspects of everyday life.

Designing to lift the spirit makes sense. Designing for wellbeing, in concert with patient, resident, staff and management requirements increases long term profits and economies, and need not increase short term costs. It's about working closely with our client, those they care for, and involving the human factor in design thinking.


I am proud that it feels so different here to other homes...it really feels like home… …Bradbury Court was built with the latest thinking in design for dementia care,

Charlotte Potter, Bradbury Court Home Manager

Bradbury Court shone above all the other places I visited...

Long-term Malvern local, whose wife Pat is a resident at Bradbury Court

We work as designers and architects with, elder care, mental health, special needs, autistic spectrum, learning difficulties, re-rehabilitation, and physical disability.

Although each sector has its unique characteristics, and each care client a particular philosophy. As care architects and designers we are able to unify common human characteristics and basic care needs, with particular adaptation and flexibility for each client, care team and individual living with or recovering from a given diagnosis.

Architecture for care environments:
Healthcare / Clinic / Hospital design
Day care / Community hub design
Therapeutic / Sensory care designers
Care Homes / Extra Care / Assisted Living
Care Neighbourhood / Village architects

What is our approach to care environment design?

Research demonstrates that wellbeing is enhanced through:
Connecting with the people around you.
Being active. 
Being aware of your environment. 
Living in the present moment, aware of the responses of your senses. 
Learning, trying new things. 
Taking the opportunity to give, to do things for others.

As healthcare architects we have been developing environments that focus on maximising these opportunities. 
We reduce travel distances throughout a caring environment.
Create a friendly, home feel through good domestic, social scale.
Environments embrace shared activity spaces. A feeling of safety and community is the basis for positive, natural sensory based choices and way finding. Making easy use of the care environment, designed using our '5 point model', is maximised for an individual living with or recovering from any condition. 

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healthcare designer, special needs architect

Because our environments use carefully segmented open plan arrangements, individuals can make informed choices as to how they navigate the space, this is especially useful to those living with learning difficulties, autism, or dementia, as it gives people direct sensory control of their journeys, and therefore their experience in that home space - avoiding crisis and encouraging natural selection of positive daily activities.

 Through integrating the out-doors with living spaces we can improve engagement with nature and out-door activity, while maintaining passive security - minimising staffing levels while enhancing the freedom of individuals in care.

“The home incorporates the very latest research and thinking into facility design for dementia care and has proved to be a resounding success in its inaugural year. Now boasting a happy and vibrant community, Bradbury Court has grown from three residents at opening to filling all 24 bedrooms plus a waiting list”

http://www.fote.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/The-Malvern-dementia-success-story.pdf 

​Because our designs are not corridor based, and integrate welcoming transitional spaces between each environment, maximise natural light and purposefully go against the models of both 'prison psychology' (atria leading to smaller corridors leading to smaller rooms) and 'corporate' (open plan power atria with busines park / resort style structures and furnishings), our design style encourages a positive, non adversarial atmosphere of co-habitation.

day care architects, learning difficulty architects
learning difficulty architects, extra care, assisted living, special needs

Each domestic scale activity / living cluster can be fully customised to your need, and allows the absolute minimum staffing relative to your care model. This is because the entire cluster can be passively secured from a singe carer / nursing station - meaning care can be swiftly delivered where and when needed, without a sense of 'keeping an eye' on people using that environment. It also encourages and eases staff team working - no-one is ever alone, down a distant corridor where support is not near at hand.​ All this creates a sense of community care within the cluster, that supports self care, working together for a better quality of life.

Where the environment is residential, personalised internal and external spaces outside the entryways to rooms or flats​, create a graduated journey into the surrounding activity / outdoor spaces. Giving safe time for decision making, or simply a place of your own, to be on the edge of activity, from where you can watch, enjoy or join in.

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healthcare architecture, care architects, care home architects

​Our purpose as care architects and designers is to create healing environments that are Welcoming, Orientating, Self Affirming, Spiritual, Healing, Provocative, even Risk Taking; a friendly world that acknowledges difficulty and affirms person-hood.