HomeSmiths offer a range of interior design services to private residential clients, care homes and providers of social housing and property developers.
- 10 November 2019
- Care, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Social Care
- Local Alliances:
- Haywards Heath 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?
As a team working within the healthcare sector,much of our work is focused on design that supports sensory and cognitive decline.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Budget and the type of buildings we are presented with for refurbishments. Clients can make inexpensive improvements to make a home more dementia enabling but budget can be an issue with areas such as lighting. We work closely with our clients to achieve maximum benefit for residents within set budgets.
Improve our understanding of Dementia
Our manager will arrange for all staff and volunteers to attend awareness sessions on dementia to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help.
Supporting the DAA by attending meetings and events in the local area
Including committing to a certain number of pro-bono design hours each year, offering these to a charity requiring dementia friendly design expertise.
Raise dementia awareness
Through my role with the Society of International Design Board panel I will raise awareness of dementia and dementia friendly interior design.