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Many available building sites are unsuitable for traditional care homes due to their irregular shapes, partial obstructions and restricted access. The household care model can be integrated seamlessly with existing infrastructure making such sites feasible for development into highly individual and successful care facilities.
While there is a shortage of available large building sites suitable for new care facilities, there is no shortage of high density areas of industrial era terraced housing, many of which are only partially occupied and in poor condition, presenting low prospects and a hostile environment for remaining residents.
Considering a group of existing terraced houses as a potential care village brings the benefit of an established street layout which can be adapted and transformed with minimal intervention.
Many urban regeneration initiatives seek to address this problem and the introduction of an urban care village could form the basis of a realistic long term solution acting as a catalyst for further regeneration.
This would mirror the Hogeweyk complex, which was opened in the Netherlands in 2009 and is a pioneering urban gated village designed specifically as a care facility for elderly people with dementia.
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