TV presenter Charlie Dimmock and Southampton Mayor Linda Norris have opened Mayflower Court, an Atkins-designed care home set to make a real difference to the quality of care available to older people in Southampton.
Mayflower Court provides 24 hour care for older people, as well as specialist care for people living with dementia. The home offers best in class facilities, with en-suite rooms for 72 residents, as well as a café, hair and beauty salon, craft room, bakery, lounges, library and landscaped gardens.
The care home is formed of communal ‘households’ with shared dining, living, reading, terraces and memory zones. Residents’ bedrooms have been designed to meet their changing needs, enabling them to remain in the same room throughout their stay.
Duncan Cryer, Atkins associate architect, said: “Our design enables the care home staff to provide different levels of care suited to each resident, ensuring their independence and dignity is maintained and their quality of life is greatly improved.”
The design for Mayflower Court also include bedrooms with large floor to ceiling windows to maximise natural light and provide a connection with the outdoors. For people living with dementia, display cabinets or ‘memory boxes’ are placed outside each room, so that they can be filled with personal keepsakes such as photos or mementos to help patients recognise their room.
This is the second care home Atkins has delivered for Anchor, the UK’s largest not for profit provider of housing, care and support for older people. The first was West Hall, built in 2012 and awarded ‘Best Interior Dementia Design’ from the National Dementia Care Awards.
The design for Mayflower Court follows the philosophy of West Hall, with a ‘household’ model that provides a unique and very end-user focused approach to care. The home has two small ten and eight bedroom ‘households’ on each of the four floors to create intentional communities, on a scale which resonates with peoples’ experiences of living in families.
Howard Nankivell, Anchor’s housing operations director, said: “With over 45 years of experience in care and housing, Anchor prides itself on giving older people a choice of great places to live, and we are proud to say that Mayflower Court is an excellent example of a great place to live.”