Encouraging independence and dignified living through considered ergonomic design that promotes social interaction and aims to reduce solitude
Kajima is working with Shaw Healthcare in the development of a new 48 bed Dementia Care centre in Bristol. Shaw Healthcare will manage the development of the facility and will deliver the care services contract on a 50 year lease contract with Bristol City Council.
Arranged in four 12 bed modules over two floors, the new dementia care facility provides 48 en-suite bedrooms with supporting communal and recreational spaces both internally and externally. The design takes forward recent pioneering research from Sterling University that focuses on creating an environment that encourages social interaction by designing spaces for smaller cohorts for cooking, eating and socialising. Each of the 12 bed modules has its own kitchen, dining areas, lounge and utility area. Residents will have the opportunity to cook meals together and staff will be on hand to help with the cooking experience and will also eat with the residents.
The facility provides further amenities such as a café, shop, hair dressing salon and hobby/craft rooms.
Care has been taken to develop an environment that supports people with dementia through colour, lighting, clear wayfinding and externally through the provision of secure walking routes within the site, allotments for residents to grow their own produce, seating areas and an orchard.
Kajima is funding the development of this facility through a combination of subordinated debt and senior debt. Bristol City Council has nominated to occupy 42 of the bedrooms and bed rates have been costed to reflect the impact of the National Living Wage and operational cost inflation. This gives certainty to the project stakeholders and sponsors that the facility will continue to deliver a high level of care over the term of the contract.