Design for Dementia: improving dining and bedroom environments in care homes

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People with dementia occupy approximately two-thirds of all residential care beds available in the UK and design of residential facilities has been recognised as both an key experience and safety issue.

This project by the Royal College of Art addresses two important areas in the care home – dining spaces and bedrooms – both of which host activities fundamental to daily living. The aim was to create safe environments and products that maximise the existing abilities of the residents, promoting independence and improving their experience of living within the building.

It used best practice and emerging theories in dementia care to establish which elements of the designed environment could be used to reinforce good practice. The output was a design sourcebook that can help care homes to make the many small improvements that can have a big positive effect on the experience and safety of care homes for residents with dementia.

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