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AGED-CARE LIVING REDEFINED: THE POWER OF DESIGN

According to a HSE report In Ireland the population aged 65 and over is projected to double to 1.6million by 2051. When designing spaces for aged living good practice begins by future proofing spaces that grow with the occupants for safety and wellbeing. While this may not always be possible, good flow principles for independent and assisted living are crucial and it is important to design not just for square metres and plans but also for social engagement and belonging. Together these cornerstones make up the blueprint for living well and underpin all that we stand for at Dwellbeing.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR NEEDS

Together we partner with homeowners, families, independent living and aged care facilities to bridge the gap between spatial needs and human wellbeing offering Space Audits and Feasibility Studies. This helps us to understand specific needs and wants initially and progress to full refurbishment and build projects as required. We are the only Accredited RIAI practice in Ireland to have a Flow Practitioner that specialises in Wellbeing and Human Centered Design working alongside architects and technologists, elevating your spatial needs beyond the square metre.

Karen’s work is grounded in both academic research, practical application as a partner in an Accredited RIAI architectural practice and experience. She also specialises in Flow Optimisation and Designing for Neurodiversity and can offer a comprehensive insight into designing for inclusive spaces working to realistic budgets and timeframes.

More recently Karen has been accepted onto a Masters in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey which studies the impact of our spaces on the human brain.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE

  1. Accessibility
  2. Dementia-friendly design
  3. Diversity
  4. Small Home Environments
  5. Safety and Infection Control
  6. Storage Design
  7. Workflow Design

Dear Karen, I write to thank you for the incredible work you did for us and for your support for us along the journey of renovating/redesigning my sister’s home. Alongside your great talent in architectural design, the peace of mind you gave from start to finish is hugely valued by us. The regular updates, the coordination with the builder, your skill in communication with us as clients, the time and care you took to get to know and understand the priorities we had and in explaining the pros and cons of various options available to us, all meant that we navigated this project with the greatest ease and in confidence that it would all work out well. We were never disappointed. You delivered on budget and on time. We want you to know how much we appreciate every effort you made. It is difficult to put into words. My sister now has a beautiful home, with function and beauty more than we could ever have imagined or hoped for. Thank you sincerely,

Margaret

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