Creating a safe environment for Care Home Visitors

Justin Williams | Jun,2020 | 4 Minutes Read

Care Home Residents Can Be Reunited with their Families with Nordic Garden Buildings’ New Risk-Free Specially Adapted Buildings.

At Nordic Garden Buildings, we have years of experience coming up with innovative solutions to make outside spaces more accommodating and enjoyable.

COVID-19 and social distancing measures have presented us with a new set of challenges. But our developers rose to the challenge and patented a specially adapted building where even the most vulnerable members of our society can enjoy the company of their loved ones in a safe environment.

We are set to supply & Install our specially adapted double-glazed exterior buildings in a chain of private care homes in the UK which will allow care home residents to be reunited face to face with their loved ones for the first time in months. But we’re not stopping there. We’re making our new safe spaces available to every care home in the UK.


Keeping People Safe, Keeping People Connected

Under current legislation, no one can visit their relatives in care homes. The general guidance which cautioned visitors to keep away from care homes came into effect in February ahead of the wider lockdown which was implemented on March 25th. Even though the lockdown is being lifted in some ways, it is still important to shield care home residents and ensure the virus isn’t introduced into care homes by visitors.

The installation of our buildings in care homes will give care home residents the ability to see their loved ones safely and comfortably for the first time since February.

Our specially adapted insulated buildings are divided by a clear partition and they have two entrance doors, one for the care home resident, and one for their visitors. This makes interacting face to face totally risk-free.

We are leading providers in relaxing and welcoming outdoor spaces in the UK and across Europe. The same passion which goes into the design, construction and installation of our garden rooms, pavilions, orangeries and conservatories went into our buildings to ensure that while care home residents reconnect with their families.

There are currently over 20,000 care homes operating in the UK including hospices and private hospitals. All of which could improve the quality of life for their residents by giving them a way to interact with their loved ones and Nordic Garden Buildings is more than happy to help.

We have seen the detrimental impact which being kept away from families has on care home residents. Isolation causes so much more than feelings of loneliness. The depression and anxiety which isolation can cause can double the risk of developing dementia and it can cause physical health to rapidly decline. We’ve also seen how devastating the spread of COVID-19 within care homes is.

When we saw the problem, we knew we had to develop a safe solution to both.


An Immediate Solution and a Long-Term Investment


While we developed our specially adapted buildings to fix the immediate problem of care home residents being isolated and kept away from their families, we also ensured that our buildings will provide long-term future benefits too.

We know we can’t rely on the British weather to make our buildings warm and cosy. Which is why our PVC-u double-glazed buildings are fully insulated – guaranteed to keep the cold out and the warmth in. Simple plug in radiators or fans will heat our buildings effectively as they are thermally efficient, meaning our buildings can be used in the winter months.

We have multiple designs of socially distanced garden rooms to choose from. All of which will provide a relaxing retreat for the resident when connecting face to face with loved ones. Take a look at the gallery and testimonials on our website to get an idea of how cosy and accommodating our outdoor installations can be. There’s no limit on how comfortable you can make the garden buildings which have been developed for flexible use.

When partition screens are no longer required for face to face interaction, they can simply be removed and the garden building will become a new environment where residents can enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of sitting in the sun and being in the presence of nature.

The Benefits of Garden Buildings


The necessity of vitamin D has become more apparent than ever after research was conducted on the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 mortality.

It was concluded that patients suffering from COVID-19 complications had a vitamin D deficiency. Additionally, older people are at higher risk of both COVID-19 and vitamin D deficiency. Therefore it’s imperative to ensure that older and more vulnerable people have sufficient levels of Vitamin D.

The best way to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D is by sitting in the sun. And that’s just one of the ways which being exposed to regular sunlight can improve health. Sunlight can naturally boost serotonin levels to aid feelings of contentment and happiness. The mental and physical benefits of soaking up the sun and being in gardens are innumerable.

Physician and writer Oliver Sacks notes the benefit of gardens and being outdoors in his best-selling book ‘Everything In Its Place:

“As a writer, I find gardens essential to the creative process; as a physician, I take my patients to gardens whenever possible. All of us have had the experience of wandering through a lush garden or a timeless desert, walking by a river or an ocean, or climbing a mountain and finding ourselves simultaneously calmed and reinvigorated, engaged in mind, refreshed in body and spirit. The importance of these physiological states on individual and community health is fundamental and wide-ranging. In forty years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical “therapy” to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens.”

Contact Us About Our Specially Adapted Social Distancing Buildings

If you have any questions about our specially adapted social distancing buildings, our customer service team will be more than happy to answer your query.

We’re available during office hours on 0800 160 1710, outside of office hours you can email us at or by filling out the contact form on our website.