To help residents with dementia navigate their environment with confidence, The Village Langely required flooring that promoted safety and comfort.
Visual perception plays an important role in designing for memory care facilities. High-gloss surfaces and complex patterns can cause disorientation in residents and potentially increase the risk of injury. In order to bring their design concept to life, The Village Langley collaborated with NSDA Architects to develop the most efficient layout possible. This involved finding a flooring solution that would address their residents' unique needs while adhering to the desired home-like aesthetic.
The Village Langely consists of a large community center and six corresponding cottages spanning its five-acre campus. Dedicated to ensuring that residents coping with the degenerative effects of dementia are able to direct their own day-to-day living in a safe, natural environment, this facility provides holistic care centered on forming relationships and finding a sense of place in one's surroundings.
Each cottage features the comforts of a typical home setting, including a living room with fireplace, dining area, an open kitchen and private rooms with adjoining bathrooms. Small groups of residents live together in these spaces to foster a sense of community. Residents are also encouraged to navigate the campus independently, with wayfinding elements present to cue them to their surroundings and staff monitoring their location and safety. The Village would need to consider the risks associated with combining multiple area types when specifying flooring solutions for its campus.
NSDA chose four particular Altro flooring ranges for use throughout The Village - Altro Wood, Altro Aquarius, Altro Operetta and Altro Stronghold 30.
"Altro Wood was selected for the cottages for the warmth of its woodgrain and visual familiarity for the residents," stated Brian Dust, Architect, Principal at NSDA. Non-glare finished floors such as Altro Wood avoid compromising vision in memory care facilities by eliminating reflections that can be detrimental to residents with dementia.
The firm specified Altro Aquarius safety flooring for the resident bathrooms and integrated showers. Developed for lasting performance in wet and dry areas, Altro Aquarius offers slip resistance for both bare feet and shoes.
In the community center, salon and activity rooms, Altro Operetta was chosen for its ability to withstand high volumes of visitor traffic. Meanwhile, the facility used Altro Stronghold 30 in its commercial kitchen area to provide its staff with the highest available slip resistance.
"Altro has a well thought-out line of products with exceptional technical and design features that coordinate well together. Residents, families and healthcare professionals have been highly complimentary on the home-like cottages, and Altro products have contributed significantly to the aesthetics of the buildings," Dust concluded.