Designing for Dementia

Alex has extensive experience of designing environments specifically for Dementia sufferers and sits on the Advisory Board for Bournemouth University Ageing and Dementia Research Centre who are conducting research into Dementia friendly architecture and design. The current research findings will be translated into Design Guidelines for the built environment specifically to minimise spatial disorientation.

Through extensive research in the form of literature and seminars from a broad range of authorities on Dementia and on the job learning, we understand how diverse the range of difficulties experienced by Dementia sufferers are and strive to keep abreast of current thinking and best practice with regard to designing interiors specifically for their needs.

We appreciate that the built environments can have a strong influence over a resident’s feelings of security and well-being and we take great pride in creating welcoming and domestic looking spaces which give a sense of ‘home’ and familiarity, whilst ensuring that the fixtures, finishes and materials can stand up to the rigorous demands placed on them.

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We provide space planning to ensure easy, intuitive access through spaces and through the careful placement of key fixtures, fittings and furniture, ensure the function of ‘rooms’ is easily comprehensible to residents.  By providing clear way-finding, we in turn enhance the residents’ independence and feelings of safety.

We can work to your specific requirements or to recommended standards; taking guidance from various bodies at the forefront of care and research into Dementia, such as The Alzheimer’s Society and Stirling University. We work closely with you to create environments which best suit your residents and your care philosophy.

We have been involved in some very exciting projects to create stimulating and emotive environments for Dementia sufferers, including reminiscence spaces, activity kitchens, sun rooms, street scenes and sensory rooms, all of which have proved hugely beneficial in reassuring and engaging residents.

If you have some ideas about a particular environment you would like to create, we can help you turn those ideas into a reality.