What We Did
Burnrigg Court is a state-of-the-art 60 bed residential home for older adults living with dementia, sensory impairment and physical disabilities. It is divided into 5 streets according to specific need, each housing 12 residents. Each street has its own dining and seating areas, with two communal lounges, giving a sense of identity. The scheme creates a dementia friendly, homely environment, which allows residents the freedom and confidence to use their abilities to the fullest extent.
Each bedroom has en-suite facilities, with the ground floor rooms have access to outside spaces from bedrooms and lounge areas. The upstairs lounges have outside access with a balcony.
Providing high levels of light is vital for supporting circadian rhythms, so it was essential to maximise natural ventilation and day lighting within the buildings, whilst incorporating the good views outside. Shading & window treatments are in place to avoid glare at certain times of the day.
A large communal hub is at the heart of Burnrigg Court which hosts a wide range of activities: craft sessions, games evenings, exercise classes & regular entertainment. There is also a shop, hairdressers, laundry, communal dining area and separate café.
A number of informal seating areas and quiet zones are incorporated into the development for residents to relax and socialise. These include safe outdoor recreation spaces incorporating landscaped paths and planting areas, allotment, raised beds, seating areas plus a wildflower meadow.
This modern facility is a Centre of Excellence which meets good practice design standards. It provides a beautiful residential & care setting for the delivery of modern person centered care to older adults and resident with complex needs. It is an integral part of the support offered across the health and social care network in Cumbria, which combined with other support enables people to ‘live well with Dementia’.
Not only does the design provide residents with a high-quality living environment, it also helps support the recruitment and retention of on-site staff. The facility does not simply accommodate functions but also creates attractive, internal and external environments.