Towerview Care Home - UK
Both ATADesigns and Switchscene (printers) first met Karen Spooner, Matron at Towerview Care - Bridge, Burton and Trent Court at the Dementia Expo in Birmingham. Karen was looking for a designer who could provide Towerview with a stimulating environment. Due to the complex behaviours that can be displayed by some of the gentlemen, at the care home. The wall-coverings needed to be robust. Towerview is a working environment, so the wall-coverings needs to be tough and durable to deal with the day to day wear and tear of a nursing home. Karen liked my designs, and ideas so asked myself and Gareth Wyn Jones (Switchscene) to meet the team.”
It was a great pleasure working with Towerview Care on this project. Our brief from Towerview was to create mural/wall-coverings and canvas prints for the gentlemen's social rooms and corridor at Trent Court.
The Music Wall Mural - Games Room Area Corridor
It was a lot of fun creating the music wall mural for the social room corridor at Towerview. The brief was to create a mural design to brighten up the long corridor wall. I was, inspired by Towerviews attempt to create a music wall that originally, had black and white A4 photocopies of Elvis Presley and music notes on the wall. I could see what they were trying to achieve. So I created a design that is not only colourful but also stimulating and evokes memory. At Towerview, some gentlemen have dementia, so with this in mind, the concept was perfect for what I wanted to achieve. I did a lot of research before creating the mural. One of the questions I asked was the age range of the gentlemen, which was from the 1930s-1960s Once all images and information were collected, I compiled a collection of music icons from the 1930s - 1960s including, Elvis Presley, Doris Day, The Beetles etc.
I am pleased to say the reaction to the installed mural is positive, here is a quote from Towerview Care:
“The designs are really bold and colourful, we added little touches with the blinds but, overall, I am really, very pleased with the outcome.” said, Karen Spooner. It has taken a lot longer to finish the work than originally anticipated, because of COVID, of course. We spoke to several of our gentlemen about the redesign of the music wall, to see what they thought about it, and the general consensus is that they like it. Harry said, “yes it’s got all the people”, when asked if he recognised anyone, he replied “that’s Doris Day”, with a huge grin.
TV Rooms 1 & 2
The first newly decorated TV room reflects past cars and adverts the gentlemen might well have seen back in their time, printed on large canvases by Switchscene. The colours in the room are nostalgic teak blue and maroon to work with the furniture and canvases.
The second newly decorated TV room we have continued the colour theme from the first TV room for a coherent whole. We have created a vintage map of the area as a mural, pinpointing iconic places of interest. For the walls, we photographed green spaces (i.e parks etc.) of the local area and printed canvases to complement the walls. We worked with Towerview to establish what they wanted to achieve for each room.
I would like to thank:
Shirley Rowe – Managing Director
Karen Spooner – Matron
Fiona Southgate – Psychologist
Deborah Hiller - Marketing