The Dementia Podcast

Talking Design: why it can ‘provoke’ behaviour

June 24, 2021 Professor Colm Cunningham
The Dementia Podcast
Talking Design: why it can ‘provoke’ behaviour
Show Notes

Join Colm, Liz Fuggle and Meredith Gresham in their exploration of the influence of dementia design on behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia. Liz is a UK registered architect who specialises in designing for those living with Dementia and is a design consultant at HammondCare. Meredith Gresham, a trained occupational therapist, is a researcher at the University of New South Wales, in the field of Aged Health Care, Geriatrics and Gerontology. 

This panel examines design in a range of dementia care settings, with a focus on residential care. Together, they examine the relationship between dementia design and good dementia care practices. Overarchingly they share the impact of poor dementia design on the behaviours of those living with dementia through the scope of colour, size, visibility and accessibility. 

The research article ‘Wayfinding for People with Dementia: A Review of the Role of Architectural Design’ provides information on architectural wayfinding design for people with dementia in nursing homes. 

The award-winning report World Alzheimer Report 2020: Design Dignity Dementia: dementia-related design and the built environment,  provides insight into dementia design principles and practice. 

Meredith’s paper, Pre and Post occupancy Evaluation of New Dementia Care Cottages and the paper Clustered domestic residential aged care in Australia: fewer hospitalisations and better quality of life closely examine the design of residential care settings.

Flinders University paper, Clustered domestic residential aged care in Australia: fewer hospitalisations and better quality of life compares size and space.

Thank you to 'Total Construction' for their sponsorship of this episode. 

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