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Birch Abbey Specialist Dementia Care Facility, Southport

Budget: £4.8m

Completed: 2013

S I Sealy provided the mechanical and electrical design for this 80 bed new Specialist Dementia Care Facility in Southport. This Facility is recognised as a pioneer in the care of patients with dementia. The Facility is designed to stimulate patients and encourage them to continue to do the things they love. The Facility includes chickens, a sensory garden, Wiis, mini golf and dog walking.

We undertook research into the impact of bright lights and colour changing scenes on the symptoms of dementia, and found that it can affect mood swings, sleep problems and behavioural issues. We therefore designed an intelligent lighting control system within one of the lounges to create a mood wall. This consists of using RGB colour changing luminaires to completely wash the wall with changing colours. We also designed a cinema room and a gym area for daily activities.