Garden Building Firm Giving ‘Hygge’ to Care Home Residents

22nd January 2021

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As the government has rallied to support care homes with regular coronavirus testing and priority group vaccinations, one UK manufacturer has repurposed its garden buildings to offer a solution that meets the needs of Covid-restricted care homes during and post-pandemic using the Nordic lifestyle concept of ‘Hygge’.


Nordic Garden Buildings manufactures and supplies a range of garden rooms, summer houses and orangeries. The firm’s focus is on creating simple, warm and welcoming ‘Hygge’ spaces for work and leisure as an extension of the family home.

Justin Williams, Director at Nordic Garden Buildings comments:

“With the constraints of the pandemic we are seeing more people following the Nordic example of using Garden Buildings for leisure and work and creating their own ‘Hygge’.  A ‘safe’ outdoor space where they can retreat and relax.”

During the first lockdown they realised that some of their range of garden buildings could also be adapted to allow safe visiting in the care home sector. As a result, the company has secured contracts to supply and install Madison Garden Room ‘visitor pods’ at over 49 Sanctuary Care Group homes across the UK.

Danish care home using a Nordic Garden Building for its residents.

The PVC-u and glass garden buildings allow for separate entrances for visitors and residents and are fitted with the necessary screening and a speaker system to allow families to communicate without the risk of virus transmission. As the garden rooms are maintenance-free PVCu, and double glazed with insulated wall panels, they are able to be used 365 days a year.

Speaking about the Covid ‘pod’ installations, director of Nordic Garden Buildings, Justin Williams said,

“Our business is all about providing flexible living spaces, most typically in peoples’ gardens.

“We had seen an increase in demand for home offices as a result of people being urged to work from home. And when we started reading about the impact the pandemic was having on care home visiting, we had that light bulb moment and realised that this was something we could play a positive role in.”

Nordic Garden Buildings offers a maintenance-free solution to help care providers deliver safe, comfortable, and welcoming outdoor garden rooms. The firm is one of a few to operate nationally and builds all products on site, removing the need for costly delivery charges and crane hire.

A Nordic Garden Building ‘hygge’ pod installed at a Sanctuary Care Home for residents to safely meet with family members during COVID restrictions.

Sarah Clarke-Kuehn, Sanctuary Group Director – Care said:

“We recognise the mental health impact of the coronavirus lockdown and how it is difficult for our residents if they are not able to see their loved ones in person.  By offering this long-term visiting solution, residents can continue to see their family members in a safe, private environment which will be a huge boost to their wellbeing.

“As well as the safe visiting options, we will continue to enrich residents’ lives through home activities and support to stay connected to their loved ones 365 days a year.”

An added benefit for care homes using the garden pods for family get-togethers is that visitors can access the garden building without having to walk through any communal areas in the home to see their loved ones. Nordic Garden Buildings offers a practical solution with minimal disruption – delivering and installing the buildings within the cost and mostly within one day.  Care companies can also opt for colour upgrade options and concrete base work installation too.

You can find out more about how Nordic Garden Buildings can add value to your client care home experience by emailing craig@nordicgarden.co.uk, calling 07817273139 or visiting https://www.nordicgardenbuildings.com/

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