Architecture can have a profound impact on how we live our lives, work and respond socially, this is remains true in all stages of life, and is especially important in the Aged Care sector.
At Edmiston Jones our aim is to support our clients fulfil their vision, and to design stimulating but secure environments that, as much as possible, are non-institutional,
We believe in using a human-centred approach to care in our architectural designs. Historically, aged care settings stifle freedom of movement, diminish dignity, limit choice and other aspects of self-determination for people residing there. We promote design for quality of life – to improve residents’ circumstances and well-being. All sound architectural choices have long-lasting and significant positive effects.
Three principles for design in aged care:
Principle 1: Projects are driven by a vision that maintains and enables human dignity, even for people with cognitive and/or physical impairment.
Principle 2: Keep it simple. As cognitive abilities decline, this reduces people’s capacity to deal with complexity. So, we aim to keep our designs simple, with destinations that are visible and clear.
Principle 3: Residential means non-institutional. As much as establishments must be functional to facilitate routines of clinical care, residences are ultimately homes.
IRT Kanahooka Community
The proposed village of 100 self-contained units reflects the relaxed lifestyle favoured by the Kanahooka/ Dapto community as it is anticipated that many of the residents will be drawn from the local area remaining close to family connections and maintaining existing networks.