Bath and shower room, Jewish Eldercare Centre
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 9th edition
Elderly patients in care facilities require special care. Taking a shower or a bath is an activity that often generates great stress for the most fragile residents. And if they have degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, the task is even more fraught. These considerations were front and centre in the refit of four new adapted bathrooms and eight shower stalls at the Jewish Eldercare Centre (CHSLD Juif de Montréal). The solution found by FSA Architecture ensured that bathing would be a relaxing experience for these residents. The spaces are uncluttered and designed to be ergonomic and functional for both the patients’ well-being and to facilitate the task for care providers. Careful thought was put into the choice of materials, soft colours and role of light to create a soothing atmosphere. The lighting is warm and can be dimmed if needed to reveal a magnificent luminous ceiling evoking a starry sky. In these inviting rooms, the specialized equipment, which can sometime be quite intimidating, is less upsetting, and the overall impression is more of a spa than a hospital.
CategoryRetirement Home and Long-Term Care Facility award