Basket | Login | Register

 
 
 
 

Physical environment

2017: Standards for Residential Care Facilities


The physical environment of the residential care facility

Overall, residential care facilities need to comply with the general legal requirements for buildings and hygiene, safety and fire regulations.

Design and layout

In addition, several countries have specific requirements related to the design and layout of residential care facilities (please see table 7 for details).

Furthermore, in Belgium (Flanders), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) requirements exist related to the location of the premises which should facilitate that residents enjoy a social life in the community and receive visits, examples of this include:

  • Location which is appropriate or close to urban areas, or easily accessible,
  • Existence of public transport,
  • Existence of car parking spaces for residents, visitors and staff.

Table 7: Requirements for the physical environment

The building should be of sound construction and kept in good state of repair. The furniture and decoration should be appropriate.

Belgium (Flanders), Croatia, Ireland, Malta, Spain, UK (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

The physical environment should be as homely and comfortable as possible.

Belgium (Flanders), Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, UK (Scotland).

The premises / furniture / equipment have to be suited to needs of all residents (including residents with specific needs) and the design and layout suitable for its stated purpose.

 

Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, UK.

The design and layout should help to promote the wellbeing of the residents.

Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, UK (Scotland).

The design and layout should help to ensure that residents live in safe surroundings.

Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Romania, UK (England and Scotland).

All areas in the premises meet the privacy and dignity of each resident.

Belgium (Flanders), Finland, Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, UK (England and Scotland).

The building should be accessible.

 

 

 

It should be clearly signed and arranged to minimise confusion and promote independence of residents with cognitive impairment / dementia (e.g. find their way around easily).

Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic, Finland, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland.

 

Croatia, Germany (Baden-Württemberg[1]), Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, UK England, UK Scotland (in guidance).

 

[1] Standards for the federal state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

 

 
 

Last Updated: Wednesday 12 June 2019

 

 
 

Options