Better care homes

Designing for different and changing abilities

Welcome to bettercarehomes.org. This site shows the outputs of a one-year collaboration project between the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Bupa to improve the design of care home environments for older people living in care.

Care homes must cater for the widest range of age-related disabilities among residents, but care home operators and designers struggle to reconcile the different and changing needs of residents.

In this project we have mapped out the diverse cognitive, sensory and physical needs of care home residents and related these needs to design guidance. The work is presented in an open access web tool that works to share knowledge and influence the design of future and existing care home environments. The site helps designers and providers balance user needs without losing the feeling and characteristics of "home".

The website covers everything from the large-scale site layouts of new homes to the simple details and furnishing of individual rooms. It is built to be accessible and works both as an information source to new designers and as a tool to consolidate wide ranging ideas for experts in the field.