Improving care home design for people with dementia.

Kelly, F., Innes, A. and Dincarslan, O., 2010. Improving care home design for people with dementia. Journal of Care Services Management, 5 (3), 147 - 155 .

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DOI: 10.1179/175016811X13020827976726

Abstract

With more people with dementia living in care homes in the UK than ever before, there is growing recognition that the design of such internal and external spaces should meet dementia friendly principles. This paper reports on one part of a study to evaluate the reliability and validity of two tools: The Design Audit Tool and the Environmental Audit Tool developed to audit how dementia-friendly internal and external environments (specifically care homes) are for people with dementia, and presents a qualitative analysis of the reports presented to care homes following each audit. Thirty care homes took part in the study to evaluate the design audit tools and, following good practice, received a home report detailing up to five design strengths and five limitations following the audit. Analysis of the home reports identifies variation and variability in meeting dementia-friendly principles as specified by both tools. Areas of variability included wayfinding, the use of colour and contrast, access to outside spaces, individualization of personal and communal spaces, lighting and opportunities to engage with the environment. This paper provides valuable insights into variability in care home design and identifies common areas of weakness and strength in care homes of different type, ownership and localities.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1750-1679
Uncontrolled Keywords:care home, dementia, design audit tool, environment, design
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:21694
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:11 Feb 2015 16:35
Last Modified:11 Feb 2015 16:35

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