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A step towards stability in Scottish care home design?

Jamie Savage, associate director of care valuation services at broker Christie & Co, comments on the Scottish Care Inspectorate’s draft design guidance for care homes for adults.

The Covid pandemic has had a significant impact on the care home sector in Scotland, with large care homes being disproportionately affected compared to medium or small services.

In late summer 2020, we were made aware of a draft publication being prepared by the Care Inspectorate, which aimed to describe and illustrate what good building design would look like for care homes for adults following the impact of Covid.

The draft Care Homes for Adults – The Design Guide document outlined several areas that proposed significant changes to the design and build of care homes in Scotland which would have serious implications for the sector, while creating uncertainty and wariness regarding new builds and the re-registration of existing homes in Scotland.

Initial proposals

The original draft design guide published in September made numerous proposals, and we have outlined below the most significant in terms of delivera

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