Dementia Design Myth Busting
Designing Interiors for Dementia comes with a lot of myths, which is why The Care Home Interiors Co. share their company thinking, and design tips, in their very own dementia design myths and facts compendium compiled from their own experience.
The Care Home Interiors Co. motto: “To make a real difference and give people the respect and space they deserve as adults who have lived a lot of life.” A statement the company lives and works to, as they create practical-based designed interiors for people living with dementia.
Get to grips with the myths and facts of designing interiors for those living with dementia here:
- Myth: painting everything in primary colours will help.
Fact: using contrast rather than colour will.
- Myth: individuals with dementia have regressed into a child-like reality.
Fact: people with dementia want to be in an environment that is as normal to them as it can be.
- Myth: normal artwork wouldn’t appeal to someone living with dementia.
Fact: carefully chosen artwork can enhance how someone living with dementia processes their environment.
MAKE IT A HOME
People with dementia want to be in an environment that is as normal to them as possible.
REFLECT THE PURPOSE OF THE SPACE
A dining room should look like a dining room, so too a lounge, kitchen or bathroom.
SELECT APPROPRIATE FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS
Avoid patterns, shiny surfaces, overly colourful.
AVOID CHILDLIKE IN EVERY RESPECT
Create areas of interest for individuals.
EMBRACE THE USE OF ARTWORK
It creates a sense of the familiar and is useful for aiding memory loss.
We know designing the right interior for those living with dementia can and does have very positive outcomes for all who interact with that space.
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Over the years, the Care Home Interiors Co. has become a pioneer in dementia interior design. In 2020 the team helped one client secure a Pinders Healthcare Design Award in the dementia design category. Using first-hand experience, coupled with best practice dementia advice, the company strives to create a comfortable environment for those living with dementia.