Sadly, dementia is something we have all heard of, if not, experienced within the family unit. Our lead designer, Gilly, is experienced in designing spaces to ensure that people living with dementia are more comfortable and safer.
There are some easy fixes that you could consider:
- Make sure there is colour differentiation between the furniture, walls and ceiling. Seniors need 3 times more light than younger people and have diminished depth perception.
- Use different textured and coloured flooring for different areas for the house so they can recognise the different colour and texture indicating a specific/different room.
- Avoid using fabrics with a literal design or stripes, instead use abstract or stylised textiles, which are more calming. Keep away from complex patterns and prints as these may be confusing, maybe even leading them to believe objects are moving.
- When it comes to fabric, make sure they are fit for purpose i.e., that they are anti-bacterial, scrubbable, washable at 70 degrees.
- Position the couches in front of a window rather than in front of the television.
- Try to avoid using bright, energetic colours such as purple, red or orange, since these can be overly stimulating to someone with Alzheimer’s. Stick with calming, softer colors such as pale yellow, violets and blues.
- Contrasting walls and floors, tables and chairs, even bowls and plates to ensure everything is noticeable and recognisable as their eyesight and visibility may decrease.
- Contrasting also helps people living with dementia be more familiar with their surroundings and helps them know where to go for something.
- Contrast the colour of the light switches with the wall so they can easily be seen.
- Having personal items in a bedroom such as photos, a favourite blanket, or a bottle of their perfume – can provide reassurance and remind the person with dementia what room they are in. An analogue clock, in the person’s field of view and set to the right time, can help someone make sense of the time of day.
These principles expand on the definition of a dementia-friendly environment, which helps promote independence and supports wellbeing, offering familiar surroundings, allowing easy access and wayfinding and promotes safety, security and comfort.
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