Common Problems When Building Care Homes

Essential Planning Obstacles

Planning any type of building development, whether it’s social housing or commercial outlets, will come with its own series of problems and hurdles to overcome.

Similar issues will affect the building of care homes, but there are also a number of other specific concerns that come with a build like this.

If you’re a developer looking to invest in the care home market for the first time then you may have a lot of reservations and concerns about the project and how to make sure you carry it out effectively and legally.

Even those experienced in the development of care homes still face regular problems due to fluctuating markets and changes in user requirements.

We’ve rounded up the common problems you may encounter when building a care home to better prepare you for your next construction project.

Legal Requirements & Regulations

Perhaps one of the main issues likely to cause road bumps and delays in the building of care homes specifically is the legal requirements, rules and regulations that have been put in place to monitor build quality. (Check out the building regulations article here)


Using The Wrong Contractors

A care home is designed to house people of different ages, genders and physical abilities, which means that it must be built for purpose by adhering to strict legal guidelines set out by Government.

In order to ensure that your build meets the necessary requirements, you’ll need to choose contractors that are well versed in specific care home regulations.

Building a team of experts in areas such as

  • Construction
  • Architecture
  • Trades
  • Solicitors

All with prior experience building a care home is the only way to ensure problems are minimised as the development project proceeds.

Choosing The Right Location

Finding an ideal location can be difficult when building a care home because of the multiple considerations in play; easy access needs to be balanced with the cost of land and planning permission.

For example,

If you’re building a care home for elderly people then you need to choose a location close enough to a residential area that potential residents can easily relocate and family members can visit.

This can be an issue both when it comes to obtaining planning permission and finding a suitable, affordable build site.

The Importance Of Repurposing

The issue with care homes is that they often require design features and equipment that is specific to the needs of potential residents.

Things such as

Are all examples of features you may need to invest in if you’re planning to build a care home.

While adding value and practicality to your build, these additions are quite specific to the needs of care home residents, which means that they may have to be taken out should the building fail to fulfil its initial function and needs repurposing.

The design of things such as bathrooms and communal areas may also need updating or renovating if you have to repurpose the building further down the line, which can be costly.

Using flexible design features (see our blog on future proofing your next development here) will ensure that your build is future proof and will reduce the amount of money you have to spend on refurbishments and redevelopments.  


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