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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.