“I want to feel at home”

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With an increasingly ageing population, the demand on care homes to provide both high quality care and a ‘home away from home’ for residents is continually growing. However, many care home providers often find it difficult to obtain advice about the important role design and fabrics can play within their organisation.

Fabrics specifically designed for the care home environment, when incorporated into the interior design, can positively impact emotions in a healthcare environment. For residents it’s about feeling at home and their past life experiences - making their environments happy, comfortable and safe. A popular public misconception is that care environments can often feel clinical, dated or isolated. Bespoke by Evans challenges this head on with contemporary interpretations on traditional designs adding new remits of texture, colour, scale and familiarity that can be applied to a range of fabric applications from bedding to drapery and upholstery.

“We know that good design allows for residents to help understand their surroundings, enables them to engage in familiar activities and encourages social interaction” explains Nigel Hallisey, Key Account Manager. “A sense of home, ease and warmth for residents, visitors and staff alike can be created with the right fabric design however, the option to create truly bespoke fabrics should be considered too.” Bespoke by Evans reports that bespoke designs when incorporated into care home, could be beneficial when catering for the individual requirements of cognitive, visually impaired or physically disabled residents.

Fabric design within any care facility should not simply not just about aesthetics, it’s the whole package for residents and staff, influencing how they live & work together in a safe environment. Every fabric within the Bespoke by Evans collection conforms to the necessary British Standards for flame retardancy, ensuring the utmost in quality and safety. Included in the fabric range, there’s also fabrics with durable hard-wearing, anti-microbial & waterproof properties. “The trend towards more domestic-like appearances  in care homes is increasingly apparent, but it’s equally as important to consider the safety of fabrics that create a home away from home” concluded Nigel.