DSDC is the world leader on the design of services and environments for people with dementia.
Why design matters
Design is about more than shaping the physical environment to counter the impairments which come with dementia. It involves addressing standards, practices and behaviours of professional staff and changing the way people with dementia are engaged with in the environments in which they live.
Getting design right can make a fundamental difference to the lives of people with dementia. It improves their life experiences and can increase their life expectancy.
For over 25 years DSDC’s multidisciplinary team of clinical specialists, architects and designers have been promoting the importance of design for people with dementia. We have developed a unique insight into what can be done to support people with dementia, based on research and evidence of what makes a difference.
What we do
DSDC works with others
- to improve design for people with dementia in all settings – hospitals, care homes, housing, people’s own homes and communities
- to provide design services which help ensure environments are enabling for people with dementia
- to produce high-quality information, including guides, on the key areas of design including interiors, lighting and outside spaces
- to deliver specialist training and development and professional support packages.