Students across the UK are being encouraged by a joint initiative to design the care home of the future, it has been announced.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) and DWA Architects have joined forces to lure young minds into the competition, which offers £3,000 and is judged by Bupa, the Alzheimer's Society and the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University, according to Caring Business.
A spokesperson for the project said care homes had evolved into something more important for the elderly after the "general re-structuring" of the NHS, with private homes providing accommodation and a lot more care and support for frail and disabled people.
They added: "Therefore, whereas the residential home could be formed from a conversion and adaptation of a large house, the design of the modern care home has become far more sophisticated and is nowadays most commonly purpose built."
This month, Riba revealed that two of its members - Paul Morrell and Thomas Sherlock - received an OBE and MBE respectively in the New Year's Honours list.
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