Saint Gobain Ecophon

Saint-Gobain Ecophon provides acoustic solutions to create better environments across a variety of industry sectors including schools, offices and healthcare. Our products help to reduce excessive reverberation or echo and optimise sound quality. We provide a wide range of specialist services in support of this from acoustic calculations and technical support to design advice on the most appropriate acoustic and aesthetic solutions. With a holistic approach, our presentations on and research into providing enabling interior spaces for everyone is key to our focus on the benefits of designing for the eye the ear and the mind.

Updated:
8 March 2016
Location:
National
Sectors:
Arts, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Schools, Care, Housing Sector, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We aim to provide information to designers, owners and end users on the importance of designing interior spaces that aid function and use, this includes the wants and needs of those with dementia and their carers. We provide a lunchtime presentation on designing environments that help provide positive outcomes for those with dementia. In addition to providing factual information we hope to help them engage, learn and understand more about the lives of people, with dementia and how small changes can make a big difference. This presentation has been approved by RIBA, so that when presented to architects,it will fulfill part of their CPD requirement. We are planning a research project on acoustics and links with dementia and in advance of this will carry out a literature review of existing guidance and information in this area. All our staff have an awareness of dementia and those who work with designers have a knowledge of useful design details and designing acoustic environments to help support and act as a knowledge source when working with architects . We are members of our local dementia action alliance and hope to develop closer links with local organisations.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Ensuring guidance and information on the impact of design and the noise environment reaches architects, designers and end users. Cost of research. Base and validity of existing information that is sometimes conflicting.

Member website

www.ecophon.com/uk

2. Actions

  • Staff awareness

    Attend dementia friends course and share information with colleagues at sales meeting and company EHS day.

    Status:
    Completed

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    member of staff trained as dementia friends champion and awareness information shared with all staff in an informal setting.  

  • Personal Actions

    Train as a dementia friends champion 

    Status:
    Completed

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Training completed July 2014

  • Designing dementia friendly interiors

    Present to and discuss with architects and interior designers ways of making interior environments more dementia friendly 

    Inform and train sales team on ways of designing interiors suitable for those with dementia so that they can discuss with architects and designers  

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Presentation has  been completed and approved by RIBA as CPD for architects. Sales team have received traning.

    We have started to present it to architects with many more presentations planned during 2015.

  • Research

    Investigate existing research into the effects of noise on people with dementia, investigate possibility of working with universities to fund further research in this area

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have now scoped parameters for a literature review into the links between noise and dementia. This has been sent to 3 Universites for comment before research is undertaken

  • Supporting the Newbury DAA

    Members of our staff wanted to support the Dementia Friendly Community Iniative in our local area. They baked cakes for the Newbury Dementia Action Alliance Launch in June and provided staff members to serve on the stall.

    Status:
    Delivered
  • Dementia Awareness

    A member of staff will train as a Dementia Champion and give awareness sessions to other staff

    Status:
    Completed

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Completed July 2014

  • Awareness Raising

    Complete a designing for dementia and elderly presentation and present to architects designing healthcare facilities

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Presentation has been completed and RIBA approved for architectural CPD. Is now being delivered throughout the UK and Ireland with positive feedback