The Pinders Healthcare Design Awards aim to promote and recognise the very best developments in all types of care-related property, acknowledging the contribution made by home owners, designers and architects to the well-being and quality of life for those in their care. Willowbrook Care Home in Perry Barr, Birmingham is a centre of excellence in the treatment and care of older people with dementia, mental health disorders and associated behaviour difficulties and the award of Specialist Care Home of the Year is a testament to their achievements.
Tasked with the need to create an attractive, stimulating yet homely interior that would also be functional and durable when faced with challenging behaviour, ‘Little Islands’ have used innovative design and technology to craft an environment that is truly outstanding for residents and staff alike. Their multi-function cinema/relaxation/activity room incorporates state of the art sound and light systems and enjoys constant use, as does their unique Beach themed interactive sensory room https://vimeo.com/260781336.
Willowbrook also has ‘The Rambles’, a traditional French Market Street re-created indoors, complete with ‘Desert Island Discs’ book and record kiosk that plays birdsong and music from its built-in Jukebox as well as ‘Café Mokka’ for a tasty street side cake and coffee.
Little Islands spent many hours with management and staff to ensure that every little detail had been covered, resulting in innovations such as our unique curtain hanging system, TV’s housed in stylish ‘bulletproof’ furniture and ‘waterproof’ bedrooms. The results include greatly reduced maintenance costs combined with maximum appearance retention and comfort.
“We kind of knew from the first conversation that we were going to get something very special and, we did! The legacy of the work Little Islands have done for Willowbrook is to raise the quality of the environment and create resources that make a difference to the quality of life we can bring to the clients each and every day; a sense of value for the staff to work in an environment that is unique and positive. The imagination and creativity is inspiring and the level of detail in their craftsmanship is outstanding.” – Barry Flanagan, Registered Manager and Clinical Director
Little Islands are unique, bespoke & stimulating environments for people living with dementia. From quirky trolleys to amazingly inspirational interiors, our products offer a fun way to form that magical connection that stimulates all the senses, brings calm and happiness and creates pathways of communication.