Care, a building that provides extra care
From our expertise in designing for people with dementia we quickly saw a lot of overlapping with the wider care assignment. After all, within the care assignment there is a need for an environment that is readable, supporting and provides extra care. Whereby we believed that many research results in terms of light, observation and exercise could also be applicable in this assignment. Therefore, we further developed this knowledge to apply this in this wider assignment.
Think of living/care environment of somatic patients, the living environment within the disability care but definitely also within hospitals, there is a big assignment there.
Within all this building assignment to obviously concerns providing the right care. But within this our interest also goes to how the building can be a part of this care. How can a building reassure patients, reduce the stress, support efficient working and even cure patients (quicker)? Where till recently the building was mainly a ‘jacket’ to provide care in, we want to show that a building can be more than that. That a building can be part of the care.