Posted: Thu, 22/12/2016 - 17:16

At the end of October we sent out an email request to SiDE Pool members with email addresses.

We asked them to complete a survey regarding their motivations for taking part in research...

Visitors to Care Homes


We recently interviewed a number of people about their experience of visiting care homes.

We asked them to tell us about the built environment of care homes, the building, the design, the furniture and the external environment. The findings are very interesting and a very brief summary of them was recently published in the Spring 2014 edition of the Scottish Care Bulletin.   

Unsurprisingly most people were concerned about the care home feeling more like a domestic homely setting than like an institution. They wanted a choice of places to sit when they visit. Seating that enabled them to talk to their resident and a choice of places so that they could respond to different moods and needs. They wanted space for privacy as well as space that would allow socialising.

They wanted nice rooms for their resident that reflected the identity of the person they knew. They were aware that this also helped people caring for their relative to see a little of the history and identity of their relative or friend. They were worried about food and choice and about good lighting, nice views and ease of moving around the home, especially being able to get outside easily. Everyone wanted to somehow include a flexibility that allowed for the personal needs of their resident, although all of the visitors were sensitive to the challenges facing the care homes and the care workers.