Situated in the Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village, the Mount Edgecombe Care Centre draws on the Blue Zone factors for health and well-being to design a care centre to incorporate natural light, colour and social spaces into its design, and a varied and healthy menu for residents.
The Mount Edgecombe Care Centre adopts a holistic approach to well-being that covers both the practical and intangible aspects that make a care centre for the elderly.
TotalCare Founder and Chief Executive, Cornel Nieuwenhuizen said, "Our philosophy is linked to the ‘Blue Zones’ approach that identifies factors for healthy ageing and one key factor is social interaction with your community. When we begin conceptualising a care centre, we marry practicality, regional context, the emotional impact of space and ways to foster greater community interaction".
With a deliberate move away from the typical ‘old age homes’ and with fostering social interaction central to the design of the Mount Edgecombe Care Centre, social spaces and rest areas are thoughtfully designed and positioned.
He said, "A space must be welcoming and give residents a sense of physical safety which in turn promotes feelings of confidence and independence, and that’s really important to us. Residents who have a sense of independence are more likely to opt to socialise by choice but also, we have found that if furniture in our social spaces is uncomfortable or cumbersome it can discourage residents from socialising and we really don’t want that to happen. Our thoughtfully-designed social areas are conducive to this, with the provision of smaller lounges in close proximity to the Assisted Living rooms and a larger communal lounge, a cafe and patios to meet with others".