Dementia friendly design experts

Our team of professional in-house Interior Designers bring together a broad range of skills and experiences, keeping up to date with current trends in design.

Our designers have been trained in design for dementia through the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University, to ensure we provide our clients with bespoke solutions from - design concept through to installation; creating elegant and stylish interiors, promoting independent living and accessibility.

Its essential that interior design for dementia has a positive impact on residents, making everyday tasks easy and enabling independent living.

Our effective interior design can aid in:

  • Wayfinding
  • Reducing falls
  • Reducing noise
  • Reducing confusion and distress
  • Enhance independence
  • Enhance better physical health

Dementia design best practice

  • Clutter is confusing-De-clutter 
  • Is there too much furniture in the room?
  • Is there too much going on? For example curtains and blinds 
  • Review the signage and notices in the room.
  • Are there too many features in the room
  • It is essential the purpose of the room is clear.
  • Clear out store cupboards.
  • Occasional use furniture, can go in the store cupboard
  • Discourage gifted items, which are no longer needed by residents
Recommendation a sensitive clear out, store occasional use items.

Furniture, accessories, artwork should work to enhance residents comfort, and ease of use.

Chairs should offer comfort and support.

Ergonomics play a key role in furniture design, ensuring seat height and depth is correct.

Fabrics and finishes must meet safety regulations, whilst offering durability, visual and textural appeal and may have added features such anti microbial and waterproof.

  • Not cluttered
  • Location clarity
  • Differentiated floor levels
  • Certainty in room use
  • Open shelves and visual panels in kitchens and bedroom furniture
  • Safety regulations
Recommendation within these broad guidelines create a beautiful, functional homely design encouraging independent living.
  • Define the space and its purpose.
  • Declutter – clear out unnecessary books, ornaments, furniture that don’t add value to the person with dementia or the room.
  • Keep it light- improved lighting and maximising natural light – this will encourage activity and confidence.
  • Make everyday objects clearly visible and to hand.
  • Signs- effectively positioned can be helpful reminders.
Recommendation -Start Today–make small changes, keep it simple, common sense is key. There are many things that can be done quickly and cost effectively

 

Colours

Think about colour when designing for dementia - Considered use of colour can significantly improve a visually impaired person’s way-finding ability. It can create pathways, identify obstacles and define volume and space helping to make the physical environment safer and easier to use.

  • Tone
  • Pattern
  • Reflectance (LRV)
  • Differentiation
  • Location
  • Guide to use
  • Hero pieces

Patterns, stripes & movement

 

DESIGN

Dementia can significantly affect how people interpret what they see.

Bold vertical stripes are not ideal for curtains as they may be mistaken for bars or grills. These stripes are better suited to bedding and some seating but more random, multi-coloured barcode stripes do not appear to present a problem.

MOVEMENT

Swirling or sinuous patterns may cause some queasiness, especially if the person is taking anti-psychotic medication.

Dots/spots appear to move or to be things that need to be picked up.   Very small dots however simply add texture.

Age or generation appropriateness:  often colourful and detailed, retro patterns of the 50’s and 60’s may be appreciated by the elderly today.

FLOWERS/LEAVES

Patterns of flowers and leaves which are too realistic may be mistaken for the real thing.  Abstract or stylised organics generally work better.

Large flowers at windows may be seen as faces. 

 

 

For more information about how we work, call our team on 0161 817 2500 or email housing@davidphillips.com