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Care homes

Creating communities for all

We know that for someone who faces physical challenges, has complex learning difficulties, additional needs or a combination of these, life can be tough. Today though, particularly for people living in care homes or adapted-housing, there is an emphasis on helping residents to live well, both physically and emotionally.

At Altro, we have spent many years developing floors and walls that support well-being across all types of care homes and within home adaptations. We are proud of our role in helping to create communities for all. To us this means helping fashion care homes that are welcoming, attractive, inclusive and safe. Where it is possible to help a resident stay, or become, more independent, and be happier because of this, that’s what we will do.

We design for specific types of care homes. Find out more

Willowbrook care home

Care homes - nursing

Nursing homes are care homes where residents receive 24-hour nursing care, where needed. Residents may have a long term condition (LTC), physical disabilities or complex additional needs. The majority of nursing homes residents are over 65: approximately 638,000 people are aged over 65 in Ireland, with over 58,000 people aged 85 or over*

*Central Statistics Office, 2016 and 2011 Censuses respectively

With residents including the elderly, people with sensory impairment, those with dementia and people with physical disabilities, the risk of a slip or fall is high, making safety flooring a must in high-risk areas and recommended in communal areas. Some 250 people die in Ireland every year as a direct result of falling. There are also 7,250 fall-related hospital admissions each year with an average length of stay of 12.7 days, costing €59 million a year. *

* Health Service Executive’s ‘Strategy to Prevent Falls and Fractures in Ireland’s Population’ from 2008.

Good hygiene is vital to protect residents with low immunity by reducing the spread of infection so an impervious, easy to clean walls and floors system has an important role to play.

However, the emphasis is on the word ‘home’. These are not hospitals so while residents must be protected, a personal touch is needed and expected. This is key for the well-being of most care home residents. As well as keeping families and friends together, in nursing homes, carers are seen as extended family.

Care homes - residential

Residential care homes are where people live permanently, or stay temporarily while recuperating. Residents do not need ‘round the clock’ care. Some will have chosen to retire to this type of accommodation and others may not be able to cope with living alone, for a variety of reasons. Residential care home residents, which will include children, can include those with learning disabilities, additional needs and/or physical disabilities.

These care homes need to look impressive, as well as homely. Families, or the residents themselves, may be paying to be there, or families are looking for reassurance that the home is well-run, clean and homely. This means that aesthetics are constantly being judged, particularly in the reception areas and visitor bathrooms. Durable, easy-to-clean and maintain floor and wall solutions can help to make the right impression. Add high-end, high quality products with design flexibility, and exceeding expectations is that much easier.

For those living in residential care homes, a homely appearance is vital. Clinical rooms can appear threatening and exacerbate symptoms, affecting well-being.

For areas where children live and visit, our hugely varied colour palette means the only limit in terms of design, is your imagination. We can also offer guidance on which of our shades are calming or stimulating, depending on the room and the needs of the children.

We recommend safety flooring for all areas of a residential home where contaminants, such as greasy water or shower gel, tend to be found, meaning there’s a high to very high risk of a slip. For other areas, such as patient bedrooms, our floors for areas that do not require enhanced slip resistance offer a huge choice in terms of colour and design.

Retirement villages

Retirement villages often include more than one type of accommodation: private homes for independent living within a community, and a communal home where residents who may need more support live together.

In private homes within retirement villages, the emphasis is on high-end, hotel-style living. Having safe, hygienic solutions is important, but should not be obvious to residents who do not consider themselves ‘old’ and in need of specialist solutions.

Although there are fewer health issues, the majority of residents will be over 65, which puts them at more risk of a slip, making our safety floors the ideal solutions for communal areas, and for wet environments.

Home adaptations

Home adaptations allow individuals who are disabled, ageing or vulnerable to continue to live in their own homes for longer. This does require, however, homes to be adapted to provide a safe and comfortable environment for them to live in. When houses are adapted, you need to not only consider the needs of the individual now, but in the future. Physical and mental health can deteriorate over time, and to have a familiar environment that does not have to be changed reduces stress and confusion after the house modification.

Altro provide a range of solutions that has colour and design flexibility making the adaptation feel like home. We provide guidance for designing environments to keep people safe, especially those with health issues such as reduced mobility, visual impairment and dementia.

“I was given a lovely range of colours to choose from for my new floors and walls, and it was so nice to be able to make these decisions for myself, and be involved in the process, rather than just given something plain and boring. I chose a nice grey blue for the shower room floor, which matches the blue walls. It’s a lovely colour scheme.

“Feeling safe in the shower room is very important for me, and the flooring is not slippery at all, even when it’s wet. I have someone in to clean it for me and they tell me this is very easy to do.

“It’s a miracle, really, that I was able to stay here. Everyone who visits me is amazed by what has been done in the house and very impressed with how it looks. I am so grateful to everyone involved.”
Mrs Mohammed, London

Green Pastures Care Home

Safe and compliant

It is vital to enable residents to be independent however, the fact that many are vulnerable means we play a part in ensuring safety. This includes helping to prevent slips, making maintaining hygienic interiors easier, and supporting way-finding. As well as a duty of care to residents, care homes are also obliged by law to protect staff from unsafe working conditions. These obligations are reflected in industry standards and regulation.

The Health Information and Quality Authority is responsible for the registration and inspection of all public, private and voluntary nursing homes and residential care services for older people. Care homes practices must also comply with The Health Act, so compliance is at the heart of how a care home is managed and has an impact on which fittings and fixtures are installed.

Minimising slip risk

For the elderly or frail, a simple trip can have catastrophic and life-changing effects, which makes fall prevention measures vital.

A 2007 WHO Global Report on Falls Prevention in Older Age found that older people who are living in nursing homes fall more often than those who are living in community. Approximately 30-50% of people living in long-term care institutions fall each year, and 40% of them experienced recurrent falls. Falls lead to 20-30% of mild to severe injuries, and are underlying cause of 10-15% of all emergency department visits. The average health system cost per one fall injury episode for people 65 year and older in the US was $1049.

Age-related changes to our sense of sight include the loss of peripheral vision, colour vision changes, problems with glare and nearer images being blurred. This can mean that poor lighting or badly chosen flooring can be a real danger. For this reason, we recommend that in addition to choosing the right flooring products, consider lighting, handrails and other safety features, along with good housekeeping, to remove hazards and ensure best performance.

Need enhanced slip resistance?

We recommend Altro safety flooring for all areas where there is a high, or very high, risk of a slip. This means anywhere where contaminants, such as water, food and shampoo for example, will be present. For areas where contaminants aren’t typically found, such as a bedroom, we have other flooring options. However, for care homes, where people may be vulnerable, unwell or have difficulties moving around, Altro safety floors can be used throughout to ensure protection. We have attractive, homely options specifically designed to minimise the slip risk in every area of a care home.

Altro safety flooring also comes with a guarantee of between 10 and 20 years, and lifetime sustained slip resistance of up to 25 years. Our safety flooring also contains Altro Easyclean technology, making cleaning easier and more effective, helping the flooring perform as it should and retain its appearance.

Why Altro?

  • Altro offer solutions that reduce slips
  • Our solutions help exceed hygiene standards and play a role in infection control
  • Altro offer best practice guidance that will support the major needs of care home residents and staff, including dementia, wheelchair use and  sensory impairment, as well as general well-being
  • We have worked with experts to develop solutions to support those living with dementia and additional needs. See the tabs above.
  • Councils across the UK have Altro as standard for home adaptations
  • We have expertise in designing homely environments where people can live and work in comfort
  • Our flooring products have a generic A+ green guide rating for use in the health sector, which gives you peace of mind that these solutions have industry-recognised, third party endorsement and environmental credentials
  • We understand the importance of cleaning and have developed solutions and guidance to make this easier for staff

Designing for dementia video

DSDC - Dementia Services Development Centre

We worked with the University of Stirling's renowned Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) when developing new shades of Altro Aquarius to ensure carers and those with dementia can be safer in wet environments. We also worked with the team there when developing the colour palette for Altro Suprema. This range features solid, non-sparkle colours that can work on their own, or in conjunction with Altro Aquarius to minimise visual barriers.

The Dementia Services Development Centre's Dementia Design Audit Tool contains a series of resources for carrying out self-assessment of environments that are used by people with dementia. It is suitable for refurbishment projects or new buildings and is relevant across a range of settings including day centres, wards, care homes and medical centres. The design audit tool will help identify areas for improvement and can be used to prepare for the formal design audit certificate process. To learn more about The Dementia Services Development Centre, arrange a tour, or find out more about their DSDC Dementia Design Audit Tool and a range of design consultancy services, please visit dementia.stir.ac.uk.

Follow the link to read Liz Fuggle's article, 'How interior design can help compensate for dementia and improve quality of life for those living with it'.

Designing for residents

Designing for dementia is an area we are proud to have worked in for many years and our guidance supports many of the areas highlighted in the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority’s Research and Design Guidelines documents; 'Research for Dementia and Home Design in Ireland looking at New-Build and Retro-Fit Homes from a Universal Design Approach Key Findings, and Recommendations Report' and ‘Universal Design Guidelines Dementia Friendly Dwellings for People Living with Dementia, their Families and Carers’.

We believe all care homes, and increasingly community buildings, need to be designed to help those affected by dementia to live well. Following a set of straight-forward principles creates well-designed, calming, attractive and appropriate, dementia-friendly homes.

To find out more about designing for dementia, click on the tabs above.

What is dementia

The term describes a host of conditions associated with the gradual deterioration of the brain's functions. These can include problems with reasoning and communication, speed of thinking, comprehension, mental agility, memory loss and feelings of anxiety, depression or anger. Its causes are various brain diseases, the most well-known being Alzheimer's, which affects 62% of cases. Dementia is not simply part of the ageing process; it can be caused by changes to the brain structure and gradual damage to the brain cells.

Visual impairment is a common symptom of dementia however, it is also a symptom of aging. 35% of those aged 75+ and 50% of 90+ have sight loss which affects their day to day living. People with sight loss are much more likely to have problems with day to day living, feel their quality of life is lower, feel less satisfied with life, have lower confidence, lower levels of wellbeing, and higher levels of depression*. Many of the principles of designing for dementia take visual impairment into account, helping more residents to live well.

*‘Later Life in the United Kingdom’, Age UK June 2016.

Dementia - A local and global perspective

According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland , almost 48,000 are living with dementia and by 2041 that number will have increased to over 132,000. Dementia is one of the priority conditions in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), which aims to scale up care for mental, neurological and substance use disorders. According to the WHO, dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. 47.5 million people have dementia and there are 7.7 million new cases every year, which implies there is a new case every 4 seconds. Going forward, the total number of people with dementia is projected to 75.6 million in 2030 and almost triple by 2050 to 135.5 million.

We can offer guidance whether you are building, refurbishing or developing dementia-friendly communities, ensuring you select the flooring and wall cladding that will help maximise quality of life, and meet legal requirements.

“Providing high quality care for the increasing number of people living with dementia, is one of the major challenges of the 21st-century. It is vital that care services understand the importance of having appropriate physical environments, in which to deliver the highest possible quality of care. Over the years, we have developed a much greater understanding of how to use colour and texture, and the importance of designing services that enable people to live well, and maintain as much of their independence as possible.

“Altro, through its experience in designing and developing care environments, has built up an impressive bank of knowledge, and has always strived to be at the cutting edge of design and innovation. Any service that is considering refurbishment, or developing new facilities, can gain a lot helpful advice from the Altro team.”

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive, Care England

Designing care homes at a glance

  • Use complementary flooring and wall solutions to create a calm, welcoming, homely appearance
  • Use matt, sparkle-free flooring to avoid creating the impression of hazards that aren’t really there
  • View shades that run alongside each other in grey-scale to check that they definitely contrast
  • For areas with a high or very high risk of a slip, always choose flooring with a Pendulum Test Value (PTV) of ≥36, which offers a one in a million chance of slipping for the lifetime of the flooring
  • To help encourage independent movement, install similar flooring between rooms, for example, moving from vinyl to carpet can cause hesitation, or look like a step
  • In wet environments, avoid overly textured flooring that could hurt sensitive bare feet and choose non-clinical shades that help create a relaxing bathing experience
  • Avoid steps or the misperception of steps due to reflection or patterns in general areas that those with dementia, or visual impairment, may negotiate alone
  • Avoid lighting which alters the appearance of the floor finish, for example, making it appear wet
  • Use art to aid familiarity and help with way-finding as well as make people feel welcome, offering a pleasant and enjoyable stay
  • Ensure the colours of walls, doors, floors and ceilings contrast to demark them unless trying to conceal an entrance, for example, to a service corridor or kitchen
  • Ensure the Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of walls, flooring and any other critical surfaces, differs by at least 30 points
  • Consider few colours in one area to avoid creating confusing surroundings
  • Consider a hygienic, impervious system such as Altro Pisces and Altro Whiterock Satins for wet environments , or Altro Stronghold 30 and Altro Whiterock White, or Altro Whiterock Satins, for kitchens
  • Remember the staff-only areas should be as homely and look as good as the rest of the care home to create a pleasant and inspiring work environment
  • Install solutions that are anti-pick and anti-ligature to protect residents, including those who present challenging behaviours
  • Doors can help disguise or highlight entrances and exits. Consider their role when wall coverings are chosen.
  • Acoustic or sound reducing, comfort floors should be considered for quiet areas, sensory rooms and to muffle sound in corridors.

Find out how more about areas to consider when designing for care home residents here and to help you choose the right floors and walls for each area of a care home, the Altro Product Selector offers guidance in an instant .

Design in more detail

‘Universal Design guidelines. Dementia Friendly Dwellings for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers’ includes guidance on flooring and walls.
The quality features are divided into 4 Sections:

  1. Home location and approach
  2. Entering and moving about the home
  3. Spaces for living
  4. Elements and systems (includes finishes)

In Section 2 of the Design Guidance, there is specific guidance on entering and moving about the home to promote independence. Section 3 covers guidelines on spaces for living while Section 4; elements and systems includes guidance on building materials and finishes.
This includes:

  • Using contrasting colours or tones to distinguish the floor from the wall
  • Using colour and tone to make key doors along the circulation route stand out from the background
  • Providing a continuous floor finish with as little change in material as possible and where there is a change, ensure minimum colour contrast, particularly at door thresholds
  • Providing clean signage and bold graphics to enhance way-finding
  • Using distinct colours to define specific functions and spaces

See way finding and the impact of light reflection

  • Avoiding strong patterns on floor finishes and provide plain coloured, matt, finishes which will help reduce glare or shine in brightly lit conditions.
  • For people living with dementia, highly polished, shiny flooring can appear to be wet, causing uncertainty and confusion; instead flooring should be matt.

Altro also recommend flooring that is sparkle-free and without a heavy pattern as these can cause distraction or look like something to pick up, which could result in a fall. This was a major driver for us at Altro when we developed the first safety floors without sparkle some years ago. There is now a wide range of colours and finishes, including bold, bright and light colours. These all help to create a comfortable feel whilst not compromising on safety. We also recommend avoiding lighting which alters the appearance of the floor finish, for example, making it appear wet. In our experience natural daylight is preferable as harsh lighting and some LED lights can create false impressions about the environment. This includes the perception that the flooring is wet when it isn’t, resulting in uncertainty and possibly falls. Please speak to your Altro consultant if you need guidance.

Altro wall cladding can help achieve an appropriate wall finish; Altro Whiterock Satins has a low-gloss finish. Altro Fortis Titanium is textured with an anti-glare finish. Using wall cladding also helps create a homely, non-clinical look without the need for a pattern , plus it is durable and easy to clean.

See also minimising slip risk

  • Careful acoustic design to reduce noise and create calm and peaceful spaces

See the role of acoustic and comfort flooring

The impact of light refection

Subtle differences between floors, walls, steps and doorways can cause enough uncertainty to result in a fall for people with various visual impairments. The amount of light reflected from surfaces that is the main factor in determining a person's ability to identify different surfaces.

Light Reflectance Values (LRVs) are the best way to measure contrast. Every material has an LRV marked out of 100 points. To meet requirements, there should be at least a 30 point variance in LRVs between adjacent surfaces such as floors and walls.

Floors and walls can be used to discourage entry to rooms such as the kitchen, or certain exits. Using flooring with very different LRVs creates a visual barrier, for example, Altro Reliance 25 in Arena (LRV: 41) could be installed in a dining room, with Altro Stronghold 30 in Velvet (LRV: 8) could be put in an adjacent kitchen. The difference in LRV is more than 30 points, making it clearer that it's a different room and discourage movement into the kitchen. This colour combinations work in grey-scale too, the true proof that two shades either contrast, or work together, as needed. .

  • An example of shades with similar LRVs that can run through, avoiding hesitation or misperception of a step, is Altro Pisces in Sea Urchin (LRV: 34) and Altro Suprema in Bubble  (LRV: 34).

Doors

Altro doorsets offer protection, hygiene and a modern, high quality finish. Available in a variety of shades, they offer design flexibility, allowing you to match wall cladding, helping to hide the doorway and discourage entry. They can also be used to create a complete contrast, making the doorway stand out and encourage use.

Altro Fortis door protection helps protect doors against scuff and impact damage. It comes in ten colours including several bright shades and can be cut to the required height either on site, or by using our pre-cut ordering service.

Wayfinding

Spatial orientation can be a challenge for those with visual impairment and additional needs. Even for those unaffected by this, way-finding can be difficult, particularly for those new to a setting, or for visitors. Disorientation is common for residents with certain types of dementia, and may be experienced by other residents depending on their health and familiarity with the setting. To promote independence, reduce stress and help those with dementia, or visual impairment, care homes put great emphasis on way finding. Altro floors and walls can both be used to personalise spaces, create points of recognition and even artworks to give residents points of reference and trigger memory. It also makes life easier for visitors and staff!

Colour is one of the ways of helping with way finding. Different colours may be incorporated into way finding and orientation, triggering the memory and helping to create familiarity but it's important to remember that not everyone sees colour the same way, so this should be combined with other visual signs such as art or other landmarks where possible. We have developed shades to suit all tastes and practical considerations, plus, our walls and floors shades combine to look good, and offer the required contrast differences (see ‘the impact of light reflection’ ). Altro Whiterock Satins is available in 27 colours, and Altro Wood Safety in 20.

To see what your choice of solutions and colours could look like, see the Altro Space Visualiser.

Art can have a therapeutic effect on residents, can act as memory prompts for those with dementia and helps to make an area look less clinical and more homely. Altro Whiterock Digiclad can be used to create art without compromising on hygiene.

  • Altro Whiterock Digiclad enables photographic images to be used. These can act as memory prompts when wayfinding and designers have the flexibility to choose images that will work best with the residents. It can be used instead of traditional clinical signage
  • There should be a focus on images of nature and local reference points. These are proven to help trigger memories and calm, positive feelings

The inclusion of artwork can be beneficial for service users, staff and visitors; it can lend a special identity to spaces and a sense of locality (wayfinding). Users may be consulted when selecting artworks; pieces created by therapists and users could be incorporated in the building designs.

Consider a hygienic, impervious system

Altro Pisces and Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding are the ideal partners for a complete, impervious and hygienic system for wet environments while Altro Stronghold 30 / K30 combines with Altro Whiterock for kitchens.

Our flooring is impervious, preventing water ingress and avoiding trapping bacteria and associated odours. It contains Altro Easyclean technology, making cleaning easier and more effective.

Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding is impervious, stain-resistant and wipe-clean, giving dirt nowhere to hide and making cleaning straight-forward.

Together, Altro Whiterock and safety flooring offer an integrated system that reduces the risk of infection.

Creating a home

While our solutions help keep residents, visitors and staff safe, they are also designed to help create a home, the most important thing of all. No one wants to live in a clinical, hospital environment: we can’t overestimate the impact of feeling at home has on well-being.

We have a range of walls and floors solutions to create a homely environment and offer a choice of finishes and shades so you can create the exact look and mood you want. Our solutions have been designed with creating homes in mind, yet they are practical and, where needed, promote safety in every way that we can, without that being obvious to residents.

The places people call home should look like a home. Even in nursing homes where residents need more medical attention, a non-institutional setting can have a positive impact on recuperation, and on the time residents spend with visitors.

In a retirement village setting, ill-health is generally not an issue and the environment should be not only homely, but high-end. Increasingly hotel-standard surroundings are expected.

Although some care home residents may have health or additional needs, there is still an emphasis on living well and being independent. This is particularly important to us when developing floors and walls solutions. By reducing the risk of a slip, safety floors greatly improve the independence of care home residents.

Because we offer homely finishes and non-clinical shades, residents may be unaware that they’re walking on safety flooring, further boosting confidence, and that’s just how we like it.

Altro Wood Safety collection

Wood creates the look and feel of home. It can be warm and comforting but also cool and light. It’s on-trend and therefore what many of us choose for our own home, making it an obvious and popular choice for a care home, or home adaptation. Our wood-look solution, Altro Wood Safety, can run through most areas within a care home, helping encourage residents to move freely, and making product choice and installation easier to manage. There is also a choice of 20 shades, making it easy to find a suitable option and to match with walls.  As well as looking great, with a PTV ≥36 for the lifetime of the flooring it also prevents slips, plus it offers the durability needed for busy areas where wheeled traffic is frequent.  We also have Altro Wood Safety Comfort, which, with 14dB sound reduction, is particularly suitable for care homes where privacy and peace aid well-being. Available in 12 shades, it also offers plenty of flexibility when it comes to design.

Altro Pisces, Adapted bathroomAltro Pisces

We developed Altro Pisces, our wet environments solution for bare feet and shoes, specifically for environments where people live. It has a high-end, soft look, available in 16 shades including warm, classic and calming tones, all aimed at creating the type of bathroom you would feel comfortable bathing in. However, it also has a practical role to play: shoe and barefoot flooring is a must for wet environments in care homes, where carers often bathe residents, or residents want to be able to move independently with confidence. Add to this contaminants including water, shower gel and talcum powder, and there is a clear need for a specialist solution.

Altro can help achieve the ideal balance between aesthetics and safety

If you would like a different finish and additional colour options, take a look at Altro Aquarius, the original safety flooring for shoes and bare feet.

Residents’ choice

Having a range of appropriate solution to choose from allows personalisation, helping residents maintain a sense of ‘self’ and enabling them to have a wider choice when they are involved in choosing their own décor. The Altro Space Visualiser can help residents see what their surroundings could look like.

It’s no surprise that colour plays an important role in creating a home. Altro flooring and wall cladding solutions can be used to create certain moods, stimulate or calm depending on the needs of the residents. The vast choice we offer also means that when residents choose their own décor, we have something to suit everyone.

There are no hard and fast rules on using colour, it’s about considering the needs and tastes of the particular residents. We do know:

Biophilia
  • Humans have an attachment to nature as our body is synced to the natural environment around us. It’s called Biophilia. It means we are more likely to resonate with colours which are linked to nature and this can help with psychological recuperation. In care homes this can be achieved through colour but also using images of nature on the walls, created with Altro Whiterock Digiclad.
  • Bright colours appeal to children and create stimulating, fun rooms however, for those with autism, oranges, reds and yellows can be overstimulating. They can cause an increase in heart rate and loss of temper. However, red can stimulate appetite which is important in residential care, so it’s about balance and being in tune with the residents’ needs. Using Altro Whiterock Splashbacks or using colour on the floor, rather than the walls, can be less overwhelming. It is recommended that learning areas or Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) rooms are a neutral grey so as not to distract from learning areas within the rooms, which tend to be brightly coloured.
  • For the aging eye, the yellowing of the eye lens means that the blue end of the spectrum is lost first so many care homes with older residents prefer neutral shades or those at the yellow/red end of the spectrum.

If you need to choose colours that complement your branding or overall colour scheme, please speak with your Altro Consultant, who will be able to help.

Guidance to consider

  • Use different colour schemes between clinical and non-clinical areas
  • Choose colours that are visible to the eye of people living with dementia
  • Consider visual impairments and light reflectance when selecting the colour palette for specific areas
  • Use colour accents that promote appetite
  • For walls, colours in the red to yellow zone are more easily identifiable than blues and greens. Soft white works well as a base colour

For more information see wayfinding and support orientation and to see what our shades look like in-situ, take a look at the Altro Space Visualiser.

Acoustics and comfort underfoot

Noise can affect recovery and well-being, as well as privacy. Designs that have good acoustics, along with natural light and ventilation, help create a positive, therapeutic atmosphere. For areas that do not need enhanced slip resistance we have Altro Serenade which absorbs sound up to 19dB, significantly reducing noise levels. As well as the general benefits of a quieter atmosphere, it can benefit care home residents affected by tinnitus and certain sensory sensitivities. At 3.9mm thick, it’s particularly suitable for sensory rooms where not only outside noise needs to be blocked, but residents sit on and move around the floor.

For areas where noise reduction is needed but wheelchairs, trolleys mean that rollability is key, we also offer Altro Orchestra, a 2.6mm floor that offers a level of sound reduction (up to 15db), plus comfort under foot.

As well as residents, staff, particularly those who spend a lot of time on their feet, will also benefit from a quiet, more comfortable work environment.

Renovating homes

In all care homes, disturbing residents for renovations can cause anxiety for residents and difficulties for staff. We know that the stress of moving out of a familiar room can affect some residents badly, to the point where they attempt to destroy their surroundings, risking injury as well as trauma.

We offer adhesive-free floors, which enable a quick turnaround, minimising the amount of time that room is out of action.

Because these products are adhesive-free, there are no associated odours which could cause residents, particularly those with dementia or autism, distress. We have a safety option, Altro XpressLay which, with a palette of 42 colours, can be matched to, or complement, Altro Walkway and Altro Pisces. We also offer Altro Cantata, a floor for areas that do not need enhanced slip resistance available in 16 soft-look shades. This offer modern, homely design choices for areas within residential homes where the risk of a slip is low, with all the benefits of an adhesive-free floor.

For specific guidance on home adaptations, find out more.

Practicalities; maintaining a home

Wear and tear is an issue for those responsible for maintenance plus it affects the way visitors judge the home, and how residents feel about it. In care homes wheelchairs, walking aids and crutches will be commonly used meaning that floors and walls are at a constant risk of damage.

Altro floors and walls solutions help protect surroundings from both feet and wheeled traffic, resulting in less maintenance and better aesthetics. We offer solutions that are designed to handle continuous use, and back this up with lengthy guarantees, life expectancies and technical support. If unsure on the best solution to deal with particular stresses, machinery, wheels or regular wear and tear, take a look at our product selector, or speak with your Altro representative.

For wall, door and corner protection, we have the Altro Fortis system. Easy to clean, impervious, resistant to bumps and with a lightly textured surface which camouflages scuffs; we call it the saviour of busy public areas.

Floor plan

The following floor plans show how Altro solutions work within a variety of care home rooms. For more information on choosing the right solutions for your installation, please take a look at our product selector.

Click an area in the floor plan

Treatment room

Altro Whiterock Digiclad to create non-clinical and calming surroundings

Community rooms and living areas

Altro Wood Safety Farmhouse Oak LRV 38

Altro Whiterock Digiclad and Altro Whiterock Satins to create pleasant, relaxing surroundings

W.C.

Altro Suprema Oatmeal LRV 38

Altro Whiterock Satins Linen LRV 83

Administration

Altro Wood Safety Washed Oak LRV 38

Altro Whiterock Satins Malva LRV 68

Altro Doorset in same colour as wall to discourage entrance

Laundry and sluice room

Altro Reliance 25 Pool LRV 10

Altro Fortis Titanium Riviera LRV 64

Pool, spa and changing room

Altro Pisces Breakwater LRV 43

Altro Whiterock Satins Linen LRV 83

Service corridor

Altro Reliance 25 Pool LRV 11

Altro Fortis Titanium Riviera LRV 64

Kitchen

Altro Whiterock White LRV 89

Altro Stronghold 30 Russet LRV 14

Contrast with flooring in adjacent areas to discourage entrance. Altro Stronghold 30 offers our highest rating for slip resistance (PTV ≥55), minimising risk in wet and greasy conditions

Dining area

Altro Suprema Oatmeal LRV 38

Altro Whiterock Digiclad

Outdoor area

Flooring chosen to match LRV in adjacent indoor area

Activity area

Altro Suprema Oatmeal LRV 38

Altro Whiterock Splashbacks Juicy Lucy LRV 20

Corridor

Altro Whiterock Digiclad

Help with way-finding and familiarity

Ensuite bathroom

Altro Aquarius Vole LRV 43

Altro Whiterock Satins Linen LRV 83

Bedroom

Altro Wood Safety Comfort Soft Oak LRV 38

Can feature bedhead in  Altro Whiterock Satins Citron LRV 80

Conservatory

Altro Suprema Oatmeal LRV 38

Multi-purpose room

Altro Suprema Oatmeal LRV 38

Altro Whiterock Digiclad