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Designing for Dementia

Designing for Dementia

The environment in which we live and how this makes us feel is so important to provide a sense of wellbeing. For the care industry this is of paramount importance and something that is considered at every aspect. For those with dementia a safe, sensitive space is crucial.

Dementia is a condition that is being diagnosed more frequently especially within our ageing population. Alzheimer’s UK project that there will be over 1 million people with dementia by 2025.

Our role as architects is to design inclusive environments for each individual, and care giver, to ensure that this matches their changing needs while providing the care required.  By designing and providing environments that provide a community within the care home can provide the stability required for those with dementia. Promoting independence, providing familiar surroundings, allowing easy access routes, embracing of daylight, utilise technology and supporting meaningful tasks will all provide safety, security and comfort.

Patrycja Kaczmarek recently attended a seminar held by RIBA talking about ‘Nurturing Spaces’ where discussions covered how the spaces around us are important for our sense of wellbeing, even more so when people may be feeling disorientated or confused. The presentation covered spacial perceptions for people with dementia and how care design should consider the differing views between those designing and those inhabiting it.

A case study was also given on the very first Dementia Village in The Hogeweyk in The Netherlands was given. The whole neighbourhood was designed for those living with dementia and as the purpose was intended, has humanised the care of those diagnosed with dementia, revolutionising the traditional structure of a nursing home, and creating a more supportive and independent environment for its residents.

Carless + Adams designs for the residents and care givers. Consideration of providing a solid environment for wellbeing is the base of all our designs. If you’d like to discuss more do get in touch with Patrycja.

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