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With the summer in full swing and the recent pandemic situation, the need to spend time outdoors has never been so prevalent. We’ve therefore outlined five of the greatest benefits that a canopy brings to care settings when paired with a nature garden.

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Care home bedroom with elderly lady and care worker - What makes a safe home for the elderly?
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It can be very difficult to imagine what it is like to be old; especially if you are very young and in good health. But imagine you could put on a pair of glasses with ‘elderly vision’. Suddenly, you might find, the world is transformed; that there are challenges and hazards everywhere. Difficulties that, ordinarily, would never have crossed your mind.

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Interior landscaping in a care home - plants and chandelier
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Inject new life into rooms with interior landscaping: a cost effective way to refresh decor and increase physical and mental health

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Sensory rooms - glowing lights
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Most care professionals are well aware of the benefits of sensory rooms – they are spaces which offer a calming, soothing environment or can trigger reactions and promote interactions, particularly important among residents with dementia.

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A resident & care home nurse in a bright lighting in a care environment
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New, revolutionary lighting - ‘Circadian Plus’ by amBX will transform your care environment by providing elite benefits. Research has proven that circadian lighting, which supports human’s natural 24-hour rhythm is beneficial for improved sleep patterns, mood and general wellbeing. Therefore, helping to reduce resident’s agitation levels, encouraging a better sleep pattern and allowing them to feel more in tune with natural daylight; in turn this can lead to a whole host of mental and physical health benefits.

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MMC - Agile Ageing Alliance's vision of Neighbourhoods of the Future, with tower blocks and outdoor communal areas
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Agile Ageing Alliance is a joining of innovators from across the building and housing sectors, as well as health, care, design & technology and finance advisors who have come together to produce a new way of retirement living. Neighbourhoods of the Future is a vision which modern methods of construction (MMC) can make a reality, providing much-needed affordable homes for the elderly as well as younger people. Here, Ian Spero – founder of Agile Ageing Alliance – answers editor Victoria Galligan's questions on how MMC can help to solve the housing crisis.

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James Thomas, left, discusses care home services with a client
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James Thomas, QFP, Commercial Manager at d&t business planning, discusses the need for careful planning when extending care home services.

The expansion of care home services requires the mitigation of risk through analysis and proper planning both to protect the business and those it cares for long term.

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Mobile Kitchens Ltd specialises in the hire or sale of temporary catering facilities and foodservice equipment. Ideal for events or to provide temporary catering facilities during your kitchen refurbishment, our versatile units and equipment offer an efficient and economic solution to the caterers’ needs.

Production Kitchens, Preparation Kitchens, Ware-washing Units, Dry Store Units, Cold Rooms and Restaurant Units are available as individual units in their own right or they can be linked together on site to form a complete complex.

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Koubou Interiors
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Koubou Interiors is an award-winning Interior Architecture and Design company specialising in Healthcare and Commercial design.

Koubou Interiors is a BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) Registered Practice and it’s Managing Director Gilly Craft, is the current President having previously been the Institute’s CPD Director.

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Pendock’s LST radiator guards in a bedroom
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Richard Braid, managing director at Pendock, explains how low surface temperature (LST) radiator guards can help care homes manage the risk of burns from radiators. 

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2 New Contract Upholsteries from Skopos
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Alongside their new print, Mau Loa, Skopos have launched 2 new flexible upholstery ranges into the contract market.  Contrasting plains, Bonita and Cuba each offer something different for statement furniture. Where durability is keen and style cannot be compromised, these collections bring colour and energy into a scheme. Providing a sophisticated luxury finish Bonita is a soft, matt cotton-look velvet in a palette of bright jewel colours and neutrals. 

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A Spearhead showroom bedroom
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Russell Pillar, director of care interiors at Spearhead Healthcare, advises how the right equipment and training makes a huge difference – to staff, residents and families…

All of us are aware that the care sector is burgeoning as our elderly population continues to rise. In fact, the Office for National Statistics has predicted a 36% growth in people aged 85+ between 2015 and 2025, up to 2million, and this is expected to lead to even higher demand for care home services.

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Four Acres care home interior
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Runwood Homes Senior Living has invested £6 million to rebuild former Warwickshire County Council owned care home, Four Acres, turning it into a modernised and expanded version of the former residential care setting, completed to a favourably high specification and now open to new admissions. 

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 Theraposture Rotoflex bed
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 96-year-old Tom Neil is a famous Royal Air Force fighter pilot and ‘Ace’ of the Second World War who is benefitting from better sleep and more comfort thanks to a powered profiling and rotational bed.

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Alpine HC's Hybrid Mattress video
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This revolutionary non-powered mattress combines air and foam so that its users benefit from the comfort of a static mattress whilst profiting from the advanced pressure relief that an alternating pressure mattress provides.

The Reposa® Synergy by Alpine HC possesses a cutting-edge technology that uses nature to redistribute the pressure applied on the mattress.  Exposed valves naturally inhale and exhale air when pressure is exerted on the inset air-foam cells, evenly distributing pressure across the user’s skin. 

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