They are internationally renowned for their care and design work, their support of dementia friendly communities, influencing policy and services. In addition to education and training, their multidisciplinary team of clinical specialists, architects and designers have developed a unique insight into what can be done to support people with dementia, based on research and evidence.
If you consider the progression of people on their dementia journey (if you are a dementia friend you will already have an understanding of this) and then add to the equation age-related changes and impairments, you will start to get an understanding of how difficult it can be for someone with dementia to navigate their environment.
Cognitive and sensory impairments, combined with a reduction of mobility will affect behaviour, quality of life and the ability to live independently.
Improving lighting, colour contrast, signage and textures will all help and tips can be picked up from the Virtual Care Home resource page that demonstrates how dementia-friendly design can be used in a care home setting or a person’s own home.
Researchers at the university have also written a recent article about creating successful outdoor spaces for people with dementia.
The DSDC have a useful range of publications which offer practical and cost-effective suggestions for people with dementia and their carers, to complex material for professionals and their workplaces.
Alzheimers Disease International compiled a report in September 2020 about Design, Dignity and Dementia in relation to the built environment. Visit their website for the report which is the first of its kind and gives an in depth look at dementia related design in the built environment.
The Alzheimer’s Society have an online shop offering a wide range of products to help with everyday life for people living with dementia and their carers.
Care Charts – used in many care homes and by home care agencies, record a person’s likes and dislikes.
Designability – is a national charity joining expertise and knowledge to enhance people’s lives through the design of easy-to-use products.
Jointly – is an app that makes caring for someone a little easier and more organised.
Unforgettable.org – is a specialist retailer of dementia and memory loss products, living aids and activities.They work with the Alzheimer’s Society and make it easier for carers to find products that can help them at home.