Featured Member of the Month – April

As some of our projects work with disabilities, we wanted to introduce you to a wonderful lady who is committed to restoring dignity in disability.

DESIGNATE is a health-focused interior design consultancy founded by highly experienced occupational therapist and interior designer Elaine Hollerhead. Based in Bristol but available throughout the United Kingdom, Elaine creates beautiful spaces for living and working and her service covers all aspects of interior design.

She is a specialist in Inclusive Design, incorporating health needs seamlessly across the entire spectrum of health conditions – from general aches, pains and stress to catastrophic life-changing injury. By using, whenever possible, mainstream products instead of disability – specific equipment, Elaine is able to create dignified and stylish non-clinical environments and solutions for individuals and families to enjoy which enables them to achieve aspirational living.

Elaine works closely with architects and building contractors to ensure they are cognisant about Inclusive Design in all its forms.

Many assistive devices loaned via the NHS local authority are generally of the type featured in disability catalogues – functional but utilitarian in appearance with limited colour choice and uncomplimentary to décor. Some people are happy to keep and use such products indefinitely, but others view them as embarrassing or depressing and resist using them. This reluctance frequently results in falls, injuries and hospital admissions”..” 

Elaine takes a holistic approach when assessing her clients’ abilities and makes detailed recommendations regarding alternative products that enables them to carry out activities safely and can also advise on space planning and reconfiguration.

Take a browse at the website and see the wonderful work that this ethical business Designate are capable of achieving, truly restoring dignity in disability.   If your business is in need of someone who can help deal with the issues that arise with disability in your workplace, then contact Elaine who will work with only your best interest at heart.



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