Crosslet House in Dumbarton is a 90-bed, ultra-modern complex that incorporates a Dementia Unit and Day Care provision. Owned and managed by West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC), built by Morgan Sindall and delivered as part of the Hub Project in Scotland, the new facility is the result of a £20m investment by WDC to replace six residential care homes and four day care centres.
In creating Crosslet House, WDC has responded to the growing population of older patients with dementia with an innovative approach to the management of care homes. It has undertaken a significant amount of research around the use of space and colour to assist those with dementia. Crosslet House is a ‘home for life’ for residents, which means comfort, support and dignity are paramount.
The overarching aim was to create a facility designed to meet the specific needs of people with dementia, removing many of the stresses and obstacles that can make the disease so frightening.
Navigation can be challenging for people with dementia, so WDC used four primary colours to denote ‘houses’, helping residents identity their own home. The entire building is colour coded to ensure it meets dementia design criteria.
The flooring was installed by McGarry Flooring, and the walling by Veitchi Interiors.
A package of Altro floors and walls was fitted to help create the ultimate environment of comfort and support for residents.