Independent Project Management
We are a contract furnishing company that provide a turnkey furnishing solution for providers of supported housing. As part of this process we are involved in the design and specification of interiors that will be used by people that may have dementia. We strive to ensure that these are designed in the best possible way to meet their needs.
- 6 January 2017
- East of England, East Midlands, London, South East, South West, West Midlands
- Care, Domiciliary Care, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Social Care
- Local Alliances:
- Luton 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?
A large part of our work is in elderly care in Sheltered Housing and Extra Care Schemes. As providers of interior furnishing solutions we strive to influence choices when discussing with clients how interiors will look. This encompasses not only the overall visual appearance but also practical issues that include the choice of materials, the ergonomics of individual pieces of furniture and also layout and space planning. This is especially relevant when considering communal facilities where areas may be used by people with a wide range of needs.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Our clients generally want interiors that are appealing to all sections of a community and it can be challenging to provide design that will meet all of these needs, including those that may be affected by the various stages of dementia. Cost constraints can also be a factor that affects all areas of supported housing and finding a balance that meets all of these needs can be difficult.
The promotion of interiors that are fully inclusive
Our clients want to create interiors that enhance the lives of the people that use them. This involves both the visual appeal and the practical side of using them. We aim to show them that by careful selection of furniture and furnishings and considered space planning they can meet the needs of people who may be affected by dementia as well the wider community without compromising visual appeal and design.
Interior Design for Dementia Key Points
We are in the process of re-launching our website which will include specific information about considerations that should be given when designing spaces that may be used by people affected by Dementia. Our aspiration is to promote the idea that designing for dementia can be inclusive and not something that is exclusive to those who may be affected.
Connections, Choices and Involvement
An important part of our work in developing interiors is to provide a mechanism that can promote connections with the local area. By carrying out research, artwork and props can be used to reflect to local area and industries that may have been operating there, to help give a sense of belonging and connection.
In situations where change may be needed, consultation with residents and users is an important part of this process. We aim to be proactive in this by providing clients with choices and options and the mechanism to present these, such as mood boards. These can be used to offer choice in a positive, well managed way that promotes a sense of care and involvement in their environment.