The stark difference between an aged care “home” and a real home has been laid bare by the COVID pandemic.
Residential aged care buildings are often institutionally designed, even if they have the appearance of a hotel. Think long corridors, vast dining rooms, nursing stations and bland corporate furnishings.
These design choices support a model of care underpinned by cost efficiencies rather than real people’s rhythms of daily life.
So, how can we make aged care facilities feel more like home, while keeping them pandemic-safe?
How can we make aged care facilities feel more like home, while keeping them pandemic-safe? Shutterstock
More like a ‘container’ than a home
Residential aged care facilities are deeply restrictive environments; some have compared them to prisons.
During the pandemic, things were made worse as residents were denied the right to leave their rooms or have visitors. For many residents, it must feel like