Design and environment
This page provides links to a number of useful resources relating to the design of the environment and technologies to enhance the quality of life of people with dementia.
- Guidance to Activity in Dementia Care
- Design and dementia
- Design audit tool and certificate
- Architecture and Design of Long Term Care for people with Dementia.
- The Alzheimer’s Society’s guide to the dementia care environment
Guidance to Activity in Dementia Care
Guidance to Activity in Dementia Care is a checklist tool designed to help people with dementia continue to participate in enjoyable activity. It identifies the interacting factors in the individual person, their social support and their physical environment that need to be considered to enable activities to happen.
The tool is derived from extensive consultation with people with dementia and their carers about the activities they enjoy or would like to enjoy. It was produced as an outcome of INDEPENDENT, a research project funded by EPSRC in the EQUAL 4 Programme, which investigated the use of technology to enhance the quality of life of people with dementia. The project team was multi-disciplinary including sociology, mechanical engineering, architecture, Dementia Voice, housing and care providers and an industrial partner.
Design and dementia
The Dementia Services Development Centre (University of Stirling) produces a number of publications on design for people with dementia, and also runs a consultancy service providing design guidance for various stages of projects.
Design audit tool and certificate
Stirling DSDC's new design audit tool contains a series of resources for carrying out a self-assessment of environments that are used by people with dementia. It is suitable for refurbishment projects or new buildings and is relevant across a range of settings including day centres, wards, care homes and medical centres.
Stirling DSDC has also launched a new service to independently assess how well designed your care setting is for people with dementia. A team of trained auditors will visit the building and carry out a detailed audit of all areas used by people with dementia. They will then produce an in-depth report and provide a rating for your building. You will be awarded a certificate confirming the level you have achieved.
For more information contact Stirling DSDC
Architecture and Design of Long Term Care for people with Dementia.
Architecture and Design of Long Term Care for people with Dementia is a reading list produced by the Alzheimer's Society.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s guide to the dementia care environment
The Alzheimer's Society also produces The Alzheimer's Society's guide to the dementia care environment which provides 'instrumental guidance and advice on how care home providers can improve the quality of life and care for people with dementia by following simple design rules and principles'.
Pods are literally pop up reminiscence rooms and work by turning any care space into a therapeutic & calming environment. No need for decoration. Simply pop up or down, when needed.