As a caring family member, you will have a good idea of how to personalise your granny environment to your occupants needs, it is really important sensory adaptations are customised based on individual needs and preferences. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Lighting, acoustics and temperature
- Lighting: Use adjustable lighting fixtures that allow for brightness and colour adjustments to accommodate various sensory needs. Consider task lighting – that there will be a light source positioned onto the area where the task is performed or shielded light source to avoid glare on the floor
- Acoustics: Add sound-absorbing materials to walls, ceilings, and floors to reduce echoing and improve sound quality for individuals with hearing impairments.
- Temperature control: Install a heating and cooling system that can be easily adjusted to maintain a comfortable temperature, especially for individuals with sensory processing disorders.
Sight, smell and touch
- Visual cues: Use contrasting colours, textures, and patterns to help individuals with visual impairments navigate the space independently. Think of things like use of traditional tap sets, easier to recognise, process and use. See through cabinets and cupboards to help process where to find things.
- Aromatherapy: Use essential oils and diffusers to create a calming or stimulating atmosphere based on individual preferences. Can also opt for sensory stimulating garden.
- Tactile elements: Incorporate tactile elements such as textured walls or flooring to provide sensory stimulation for individuals with sensory processing disorders.
Safety and smart technology
- Safety features: Install safety features such as non-slip flooring and grab bars in bathrooms to enhance safety for individuals with mobility or balance issues. Loose floor coverings or shiny flooring can be tripping hazard. Consider movement from room to room and inside to outside and if the floor will be completely level from one to another.
- Window treatments: Use window treatments such as tinted windows, blackout curtains or shades to control natural light and reduce glare or visual distractions.
- Smart home technology: Use smart home technology to control various sensory elements such as lighting, temperature, and sound through voice commands or a mobile app.
- Outdoor space: Create a sensory-friendly outdoor space with features such as a sensory garden or a quiet seating area to provide a calm and peaceful environment. Doors sliding or opening outwards will help facilitate carrying things out.
At Cubitt's, we believe that everyone deserves a comfortable and safe home, and with all our team’s expertise and support, we are committed to making that a reality for all our clients.
If you are considering a Granny Flat as an option for your family, you are welcome to take your time browsing in our showrooms - bring in as many family members as you like, and see how comfy and spacious they can be - and of course talk to our team about how they can be customised to what you need.
This article was written by our Care Customer Specialist, Shayoni Shah. As our dedicated ambassador to those needing to understand what customisations and adaptations are required on a individual level, Shay has gone the extra mile to receive specialised training in providing exceptional support for customers who require extra care in their Granny Flat builds. Her expertise in accessible design and customer service will ensure a seamless and stress-free building experience for all client. If you'd like to speak to Shay when you call - simply ask for her, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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