Hartwood House opened in June 2013. The bespoke care home has been created through a combination of new construction and the comprehensive refurbishment of a former care home, keeping the exterior and the very best features of the original building. Hartwood House incorporates 50 en-suite bedrooms within its state-of-the-art facilities which have been purpose-designed to meet the individual needs of its residents.
Every element of design at Hartwood House is tailored to correspond to Hartford Care’s core values of care, comfort and companionship.
The accommodation has been specifically designed to foster a real sense of community within Hartwood House resulting in carefully planned communal areas that provide maximum ease and flexibility of use. The open plan design and central location of the communal areas ensure that they are easy to identify and locate. The open, friendly and accessible design has also made it possible to incorporate workstations so care staff can complete necessary administrative tasks whilst remaining fully accessible to residents.
Interior design, lighting and considerations for the needs of residents such as strategically placed seating areas really make a difference to the everyday lives of residents. The interior design reflects Hartwood’s exquisite New Forest setting by incorporating wall art and furnishings that bring the outside in. Rooms take their names from local places of interest and there are plenty of them, with sun lounges, activity rooms and a library. All dining areas have a lifestyle kitchen incorporated in them for residents to use if they wish which can assist in maintaining independence and skills and in turn can contribute to well-being.
Celebrity and local resident, Esther Rantzen, CBE opened Hartwood House in June 2013 and after being given a tour of the home she summed up her first impressions, saying: “I was so impressed with the imagination and care that has gone into every detail of the design; from the pictures on the walls to the comfort of the chairs. It just reinforces the idea that getting older can be a happy experience and care homes can be attractive and reassuring for residents and their families.”
Sean Gavin, Hartford Care CEO comments: “With ten years experience behind Hartford Care, Hartwood House was a great opportunity for us to put many of our ideas and dreams into practice. We are delighted that our passion for providing the best possible care for our residents has been recognised and I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to our staff and residents at Lyndhurst for bringing our dreams to life.”
The architects were HGP Architects.
The award was sponsored by DC Care and was presented by Ali Taylor at the annual Pinders Healthcare Design Awards at The Lancaster London Hotel on 2nd April.
The Hartwood House project is a joint venture with Highwood Group and Cinnamon Care Capital. For further details please visit www.hartfordcare.co.uk