The DSDC Virtual Hospital shows how good design can make an acute hospital setting dementia-friendly
Modern acute hospitals are very busy, noisy places with a very fast through-put of patients. People with dementia, who are also very ill and anxious, find this environment very difficult. An additional factor is that modern hospitals are very different from the hospitals of the past so make little sense to them. It may not be obvious, for example, where the toilet is, and they cannot always see the staff. Modern hospitals are rarely designed to take account of the cognitive and perceptual problems of people with dementia. The Virtual Hospital shows how to make an acute setting dementia-friendly and in doing so, easier for everyone.
The layouts of fifteen areas are modelled, with information revealed interactively on how the features can make a difference for people with dementia.
Click on the pictures below to view a larger version with information points on key features:
- Hospital Entrance
- Ward Entrance
- Corridor Scene 1
- Corridor Scene 2
- Four Bedded Ward - Overall
- Four Bedded Ward - Close up
- Single Room
- Day Room
- Consultation Room
The Virtual Hospital was made possible by funding from the Robert Bosch Stiftung