People with dementia need well designed, beautiful buildings as we all do. They also need buildings that do not cause them unnecessary disability.
To achieve this we need to know about the impairments of dementia and how to compensate for them as we would do for someone in a wheelchair when we would look at what the impairments are (cannot go upstairs for example) and we would design to compensate for this. We also need to acknowledge that everyone with dementia is different in every possible way: different age, different degrees of impairment, different backgrounds and life experience, different physical and sensory impairments, different attitudes, different tastes and so on. This means that our virtual rooms are only one example of how a dementia-friendly environment would look. They do, however, mean that anyone with dementia would not be unnecessarily disabled by anything in them. We explain in the text attached to each feature how this is the case.
The Virtual Hospital
The layouts of fifteen areas are modelled, with information revealed interactively on how the features can make a difference for people with dementia.
The Virtual Care Home
The layouts of seven individual rooms are modelled with information revealed interactively on how the features can make a difference for people with dementia.