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Art & Design Degree Show 2021

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Becca Horsfield
Residential care centre for people with Muscular Dystrophy
Becca Horsfield
Residential care centre for people with Muscular Dystrophy

A month after she was given a place at Sheffield Hallam University, Becca Horsfield’s father fell asleep at Mickley Hall care home at the age of 59 due to a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy. He was diagnosed with this life-limiting, muscle-wasting condition in his late 40s.

“There are 70,000 people currently living with muscle-wasting conditions in the UK. There are more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions.”

As her father’s condition worsened, his mobility and capabilities decreased, and he became more dependent on others. From 2016, he spent the foreseeable residing in various residential care centres. As forms of Muscular Dystrophy are very rare, untreatable, and there is little knowledge about them, it was really difficult to find somewhere that her father felt comfortable and that could properly care for him and his ever-changing needs.

In her dissertation, Horsfield’s researched the current support and facilities available for people with muscle-wasting conditions and analyse the experiences that her father had as he stayed in various centres. She soon realised the absence of more suitable care options and inclusive design solutions. Her design proposal aims to create a comfortable place of respite and care that is easily accessible for those with debilitating physical conditions such as Muscular Dystrophy.

The residential care centre promotes a healthy physical and mental well-being through each stage of a resident’s condition with aspects such as nature, society, familial relationships, independence, fun, and practicality. This proposal has the right balance between a care facility and a place that feels like home. It allows staff to provide trained assistance but also allows residents to look after themselves as much as possible.

Assisted Bathroom
The shared bathroom where staff can assist with specialist equipment, including a hoist and walk in spa bath with seat. This alternative provides extra support to the walk in shower with seat and grab rails in the residents personal en-suite.
Dining Visual
The social dining space where residents can all sit together on one central table for a homely feel. Family and friends also have the option to join residents for meals. This space over looks the garden with the bi-fold doors and is connected to the family room and kitchen for short journeys with food and drinks. It is a flexible area so that chairs can be placed wherever is necessary for wheelchair users.
Exploded Isometric
The relationship between all three floors of the building with the external lift, stairs, balcony and different spaces.
External Lift Visual
The relationship between the facade of the building, the surrounding context outside and the additional external glass lift.
Garden Visual
The private outdoor space, like a garden at home. Residents can connect with nature and relax outside, feed the birds and enjoy some gardening with the raised planter beds. The accessible garden can be seen from the balcony above and from the rooms downstairs with the large glass doors.