Housing design can be made to be dementia-friendly. It is a matter of having access to the right resources, knowledge and confidence.
What Can be Done
Carers can adapt homes to ensure that lighting, acoustics, physical design and technology all work together to create a suitable and supportive environment for people with dementia.
More specialist design can add value by making care homes and extra-care homes work to longer, independent living and to support staff in their caring roles.
DSDC is able to provide access to a wealth of resources for carers, for design professionals and for commissioners of housing including
- The Design Resource Centre and Bookshop – practical information and recommended links
- The Virtual Care Home – showcasing evidence-based design and equipment
- Audit and Accreditation – checklists and support for making changes to the environment
- Design Guides – practical professional information
- The Design School and other Training for Design - opportunities for commissioners, care professionals and designers to think through design issues with experts
- The Library service – access and support on dementia and care
For more specialist support DSDC can offer a full Professional Advice service provided by a multi-disciplinary team of clinical specialist, architects and designers.