New book - "Designing mental health units for older people: features to assist patients with dementia and delirium"
Dementia-friendly design is now seen as one of a set of non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia. Therefore, any setting for people with dementia should be dementia-friendly to optimise the treatment outcomes from all interventions, especially other non-pharmacological interventions such as activity and exercise.
There is an increasing amount of research evidence about the positive impact of dementia-friendly design features. Much of the research and guidance literature relates to care homes (nursing, residential, assisted living) and relatively little to hospital wards but there is no reason to think that design features have a different degree of importance depending on their setting. This guide intends to redress this balance by focussing on the complex combination of physical, sensory, cognitive and perceptual impairments experienced by many people with dementia who find themselves in mental health units for older people.