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Pictures and dementia

Posted on Wed 18th Sep, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products, Fear Of Reflection In Dementia

Visual imagery guidelines for dementia environments   One of the most significant symptoms of dementia is a decline in visuoperceptual skills where a combination of declining eyesight and a compromised ability to perceive and understand images create a number of issues. While wall décor in the form of pictures or wall murals in a dementia environment is a really great way of making t...

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The case for making care homes and hospitals less institutional

Posted on Wed 28th Aug, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

Making the space feel ‘homely’ is just half the story   In care we’re all aware that a very clinical, institutional-feeling environment is not conducive to recovery or to creating happy, contented patients or residents. How a person feels emotionally has a huge influence on their physical well-being and making the place more homely has an important role in care environment...

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Why wall décor in dementia environments requires a good understanding of dementia design

Posted on Wed 21st Aug, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

And why plastering walls with nostalgia is not the answer   The growing desire to make care homes feel less institutional and the recognition of the benefits of reminiscence therapy have led to many care environments attempting to use their wall space to create nostalgia murals, ‘faux interiors’ (such as cafes, shops and pubs) and rolling landscapes. The intention behind this is...

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Why ‘flexible’ reminiscence is important for dementia environments

Posted on Wed 7th Aug, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

Making reminiscence relevant to all   Reminiscence therapy has a number of documented benefits to people living with dementia as it helps them unlock long term memories which can bring great comfort and happiness. Recently included in NICE’s quality standard on dementia, reminiscence therapy can take many forms, from one-to-one sessions to creating nostalgia environments and even &lsq...

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Value of reminiscence therapy recognised by NICE

Posted on Mon 22nd Jul, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

Recommendations included in updated quality standard on dementia   Recently (28th June 2019), NICE updated its quality standard on dementia and recommended that people should be offered activities such as exercise, art, gardening, music etc to promote their well-being (see our recent article on social prescribing). A key activity that was included in these recommendations was reminiscence t...

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