Worthington Lake is on track to receiving the DSDC’s ‘Gold’ accreditation for excellence in dementia design which will be the first care home in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire area to do so.
Designed and built to offer bespoke and specialised dementia care Worthington Lake care home opened their doors last month to offer dementia care that is truly bespoke.
The aim and thought process behind Worthington Lake was to create a home that is empowering and supportive, enabling residents to live as independently as possible in a non-institutional setting.
Three parts of the design process
From the initial design of Worthington Lake, consideration has been given to creating an environment that is legible to people with dementia. The home has two floors, each of which has an open plan central ‘hub’ area that encompasses a lounge, a dining room, a kitchenette and an activities room. The building has been designed so that residents are intuitively drawn down the short corridors to the communal area and visual access has been enhanced with the intention of reducing confusion, allowing each resident to see each space and understand its intended purpose.
Lighting is crucial to creating a suitable environment for people with dementia. Eyesight naturally deteriorates with age and this is further exacerbated by the symptoms of the condition. The older eye absorbs less light than it does in a younger person and an 85 year old needs 3.5 times more light than a person of 30 years old to see well. With this in mind, a rigorous lighting scheme has been designed for Worthington Lake in accordance with the recommended lux and lumen levels for each area dependent on use. Natural light is preferred and also provides health benefits such as regulating the circadian rhythm. For this reason, Worthington Lake has been designed to maximise the amount of natural light that enters the home through glazing and access to secure outdoor areas.
While a full and varied activity programme is highly beneficial in engaging residents and creating enjoyable experiences, those who have dementia in particular often report feeling confused by some activities and as if they ought to be doing something. For many people domestic chores were an important part of home life, which includes tasks such as doing the laundry and preparing and cooking meals. Therefore, a fully functional kitchenette has been included in each dining room to encourage residents to participate in these tasks if they wish to do so. For example, putting on a load of washing can offer a sense of comfort and familiarity to a person with dementia and encourage them to feel at home, while loading the machine and hanging the washing out to dry provides gentle physical exercise.
Neda Ehtemam, who has been the lead in coordinating the dementia design aspect of Worthington Lake says “The aspiration of Worthington Lake was to create an environment that can be an example of best practise in Dementia care and demonstrate the growing body of research, we have ensured that a meticulous and rigorous design process has gone in to Worthington Lake, with input from cutting- edge researchers in the field from the very first stage This enables residents to carry out daily tasks independently, thus increasing their sense of purpose and improving quality of life.”
Working alongside academics at the world-renowned University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), Worthington Lake is a truly bespoke living space for those with Dementia.
For more information on Worthington Lake contact us at : https://www.worthingtonlake.co.uk/contact-us/
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