Ageing well: A matter of good design

Beautiful objects have long held a strong sway over the human mind so it’s no surprise we seek out beauty in our own everyday lives, whether that be a beautiful picture to share with friends or a pretty rose to savour on a warm summer’s day.

Without getting too carried away, beauty also extends to physical design, with countless studies proving the positive effects a beautiful, spacious, and functional space can have on our own everyday lives. Put simply, good design equals a better life, and in the case of the new generation of architect-designed aged care facilities, good design can also mean ageing well.

So what exactly should a well-designed aged care facility offer? Using Japara’s own facilities as a starting point, here’s just a few elements of what constitutes a well-designed environment to promote healthy ageing amongst elderly residents.

1. Ageing well in a lush green garden

Too much glass and concrete has never been good for humans as most of us already spend a considerable amount of our lives sitting indoors, whether at school or work in climate-controlled spaces under bright fluorescent lighting. It’s no different for the elderly who need just as much fresh air and lush greenery as the rest of us.

Wooden park bench placed beneath tree trees and surrounded by foliage

Thankfully, many Japara aged care facilities come complete with generously sized, landscaped gardens that surround the buildings, giving our residents a peaceful environment where they can catch some fresh air, smell the roses, enjoy the cool breeze from the pond or take a leisurely stroll with family and friends.

2. Common rooms for a sense of community

Another essential element of good aged care facility design is the inclusion of large, open-plan common rooms in a central location which can be easily accessed by all staff and residents. These common rooms provide a space where shared activities can be facilitated and residents can get to know one another in a casual setting, helping strengthen their sense of connection to the local community.

Two light grey armchairs placed by a window

Japara has ensured spacious common rooms are included in all our facilities across Australia, with regular social events hosted in these spaces to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of all residents. This is a key example of how good design can promote healthy ageing.

3. Well-appointed rooms for comfort and security

Perhaps the single most important element of good aged care facility design is the layout and attributes of the individual rooms which will become home for residents and a regular sight for their family and loved ones.

Wet room with wooden sink cabinet and pink flowers in vase

As a result, all resident rooms at our Japara facilities (both shared and single) are well-appointed with bathrooms featuring full accessibility features such as handrails, non-slip tiles, and gentle dual heating-cooling systems for maximum comfort no matter the weather. Large windows also help to maximise the natural light and provide expansive views of the gardens just outside.

For more information on Japara, our range of word-class aged care facilities, and our high quality aged care services, explore our collection of care homes throughout Australia, or call us today on (03) 9649 2100 for a friendly chat with one our staff.

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