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Book based on photographic therapy for people with dementia wins prestigious award

Posted on Fri 24th Aug, 2018 in: Dementia Friendly Environments

  A French visual artist, Laurence Aëgerter, has been awarded the Author Book Award at the Recontres D’Arles, a prestigious international photography festival, for her book Photographic Treatment – a series of pairs of photos juxtaposed to provoke a positive response in people with dementia.   Aëgerter first realised the potential of images during a session with ...

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Form follows function: how designers need to consider visuoperceptual practicalities over aesthetics when designing care homes

Posted on Thu 23rd Aug, 2018 in: Dementia Friendly Environments

  ‘Form follows function’ is a mantra that designers and architects have lived by for over 100 years since it was coined by architect Louis Henry Sullivan in 1896. In simple terms it means that functionality should always be the primary driver for any design and aesthetic ‘form’ comes second – if design is not fit for purpose then it doesn’t work.   ...

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Could blue plates help people with dementia eat better?

Posted on Fri 20th Jul, 2018 in: Dementia Friendly Environments

  A hospital in North Wales has introduced blue plates for patients with dementia in a bid to help them eat more. (See the article here). The strongly coloured plates are designed to contrast with the food placed on it to enable people affected by visuoperception issues (that are common in dementia) to see the food properly and recognise that it should be eaten.   The theory is that i...

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Creating a dementia friendly care home setting

Posted on Fri 13th Jul, 2018 in: Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

  We recently read an interesting article in The Care Home Environment Magazine entitled 'How to create a dementia friendly care home setting'. The article was written by Davina Ludlow, chair of carehome.co.uk and gives some really good insight on elements that should be incorporated into a care home environment, whether creating a new purpose-built home or making adaptations to an existing ...

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Photographs of occupants on dementia bedroom signage: do they work?

Posted on Wed 11th Jul, 2018 in: Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

  Being manufacturers of dementia signage, we’re always looking around at what is available on the market and ideas that people have tried in care homes and hospitals to effectively communicate with people with dementia and help them locate their own spaces.   Anyone working within dementia care will know that this is not always easy and conventional signage generally isn’...

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