They're made from cinders and concrete. The cinders give them their grey color.
In the UK, they're called "breeze" blocks for some reason...(just found it, "breeze" is a synonym for ash?) Update from Sparkly Rock Girl: "Breeze blocks were originally made with 'breeze' - small pieces of gas-works coke."
In 1977, when I was in seventh grade, many nursing homes still had walls of cinder blocks. Though the blocks were painted, the paint couldn't cover up the cold feeling emanating from those heavy, institutional blocks. It was anything but homelike.
Nursing home care really began to change in the 1980s when the Health Care Finance Administration shifted its survey guidelines from a facility-centered approach to a patient-centered approach, one that focused on the quality of care that the resident was receiving. The passage of the Nursing Home Reform Act in 1987 included a nursing home residents Bill of Rights and federal standards for quality care delivery.
Looking back on the facility where I volunteered, it was neither the best nor the worst facility of its day. But the care delivered there was far from the standards that we have today. And to a young girl, the scenes I witnessed were often disturbing and upsetting though I tried very hard to see the beauty within.
As a grown woman I would go on to design, build and operate nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Tremendous effort was placed on trying to create environments that were resident and family friendly and which put the patient first. I can honestly say that most nursing home care is far better today than it was in 1977...but not nearly as good as it needs to be.
This block's story is set in a nursing home room in 1977.
And I have just begun constructing the walls...
And giving some definition to the blocks...
I have quite a bit more refining of those cinder blocks but I wanted to to bop in here today to show you where I am...
It will remain grey here on this blog until Mrs. Rose comes to live in her room.
Then I will share some of the beauty found within those cindered walls.
Happpy day everyone.