This is great; we can take these tips and apply to home environment and hospitals too
As an occupational therapist working in mental health in Dumfries and Galloway I was given the opportunity to work with some of the residential care homes, exploring ways that dementia friendly design principles could be implemented to help create care spaces more suitable for people with dementia.
Dementia friendly design principles focus on ensuring that the environment is comfortable, easy to navigate our way around and that it easily engages us. It requires us to take a step back and ask some simple questions of the spaces and environments around us. The questions which I helped the care homes ask of their environment can be summarised into three themes
- “What do I do here?”
When I walk into any room, the space should clearly tell me what types of things I might do there, for example an ironing board, basket of laundry and an iron, a shed with a brush…
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