This chapter describes the efforts which have been made to improve the quality of life for continuing-care patients in Roxbourne Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex, England. This hospital, like many other long-stay units for the elderly, was built about 100 years ago and was designed for fever and isolation patients. The buildings are all single-storey, with a number of interconnecting rooms of different sizes. Over the years the accommodation has been adapted to create a number of small wards containing between four to eight beds. Since 1974 there has been a continuing programme of upgrading accommodation and furnishings, providing King’s Fund beds, lockers with wardrobe space, brighter and more cheerful curtains and bedcovers.
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