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One of the common questions we are asked is how to provide the safety features and wayfinding pointers that residents need whilst still maintaining a homely, comfortable environment?
- Handrails need to be provided at the correct height and which contrast to the walls and carpets but which complement both; Inverted studs or similar should be provided at the end of each run so that residents with visual difficulties know when they are nearing the end of the rail.
- There is a wide variety of safety flooring for care in a range of finishes which look domestic, but try to avoid changes of height - when unavoidable (eg ramps and stairs) then highlight the change to avoid falls.
- Chairs, toilets etc have to be at a height which are easy for residents to rise from and which contrast to the flooring and walls around.
- Avoid trailing wires and clutter (eg delivery boxes) particularly on the floors which can cause trips.
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.
The company has worked on a variety of projects in both the NHS and Private sectors including hospitals, surgeries etc. We also work with clients and their families who want to stay in their own homes but can only do so by adaptation to their living space.