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Facilitating wandering with purpose into dementia design

Posted on Wed 17th Jul, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

Creating destinations in dementia environments to enable safe exploring   One of the common characteristics of dementia is the compulsion to walk. While once commonly mistermed as ‘wandering’ we now understand that this walking is not as arbitrary as it may have appeared to be; someone with dementia usually does have an objecctive in mind, it just may not be a realistic or ratio...

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How ‘progression’ could reduce aggression in A&E departments

Posted on Fri 28th Jun, 2019 in: Healthcare Projects, Hospital Design

Designing around the concept of flow to reduce frustration   Aggression and abuse is a growing problem in healthcare and a serious issue for those working in the sector with around 15% of NHS staff experiencing physical violence from patients, relatives or members of the public according to the latest NHS Staff Survey. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in A&E departments where the fru...

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Dementia signage not just for dementia environments

Posted on Sun 16th Jun, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

Why all public spaces can, and should, be more dementia friendly   Dementia signage is, by necessity, different to regular wayfinding signage due to the different way a person with dementia perceives visual cues. Dementia signage is therefore commonplace now in dementia environments: care homes, hospitals, day centres etc, but its value is not limited to these specialist environments and if...

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What is social prescribing and how can it help people with dementia?

Posted on Wed 29th May, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

How stimulation and social interaction can improve well-being   The idea behind social prescribing is to connect people to community initiatives, to arts and culture and to other activities that can help bring calm and encourage interaction with others. It is particularly beneficial for those living with dementia as it can reduce distress and agitation and generally make them happier. The h...

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All 7 dementia friendly tips for Dementia Action Week

Posted on Wed 22nd May, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products, Fear Of Reflection In Dementia

A round-up of our daily dementia tips for care homes   Dementia Action Week has drawn to a close once again. All week we have been sharing our best tips to enable care homes to implement dementia friendly principles in their care environments. These were posted on Facebook and Twitter every day but don’t worry if you missed any, we can now share this round-up of all 7 tips here on the...

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