The supporting FORBELI HOME architecture allows an independent living in a personal environment, that corresponds to the lived life and the grown personality.
Architectural shaping in the fields of “Senior Living Interior Design” is rewarding in ways, that goes beyond the expectations of many.
For many elderly people, the supportive interior design of their home can be more important than any other aspect – the aging process involves biological and social changes as well as environmental challenges.
The most common approaches are
- to reprogram underutilized spaces
- change floor, wall and ceiling finishes
- remove inappropriate existing elements and
- upgrade the lighting.
Possible characteristics Senior Living has to consider
Although there are many differences in detail, there are also factors to keep in mind for all “Senior Living” solutions.
- Uncertainty of the balance
- cognitive impairment
- reduced physical strength
- visual limitations
- weaknesses in listening
- increased sensitivity to cold, drafts and direct sunlight.
Design criteria in the area of FORBELI´s “Senior Living” Interior Design are, therefore:
- glare-free lighting
with increased brightness levels for different tasks
- increased contrast between horizontal and vertical surfaces.
The improved visual orientation helps the sense of balance. Thus, for example, a corridor whose floor and walls are equipped with similar color values, may result in poor visibility to confusion and uncertainty.
- Acoustics optimized
– by using surfaces that reduce background noise to allow better hearing, thereby supporting social contacts.
- Level transitions from one floor to another are essential.
All possible trip hazards are to be removed.
- Sharp corners or edges are avoided
- Floors with strong, contrasting patterns or very similar color values run the risk of dizziness and falls.
- Textiles and wall coverings with easily recognizable patterns
that could not be perceived as objects, faces or animals.
- The color palettes
are specially specified, so that it does not appear to be too dark and dull to the aging eye.
could not be used to create visual illusions in “Senior Living”, as they may cause confusion and disorientation
- Contrasts are improved to capture the skills, tools, handles, and doors.
are primarily not used any longer as a decorating tool, but as a good resource of visual orientation.
For example, too many baths are white on white making it difficult to clearly see, the edge of the shower or grab bars, etc.