Dulux Trade has been awarded the prestigious Exceptional Contribution to Dementia Care Award at the Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo Awards 2019.
The Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo Awards 2019 celebrate the very best in the world in innovation and cutting edge products, services and expertise that are currently helping care, nursing and residential homes.
The award was given in recognition of the groundbreaking work undertaken by Dulux Trade to support the design of the optimal environments for dementia care.
The judges commended the newly launched Dulux Trade Dementia Friendly Colour Palette and Design Guide, a set of evidence based design principles to help professionals design environments that optimise occupant wellbeing, sharing knowledge from decades of experience in designing supportive environments within the private and public healthcare field.
In addition, they recognised the innovative work with partners including BRE Trust, BRE, Loughborough University and Halsall Lloyd Partnerships, to build a dementia demonstration home.
Located within the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, Chris and Sally’s House is a project to develop and test design solutions that are supportive of an ageing population staying in their own homes. The 100sqm Victorian house has been adapted to cater for different types and stages of dementia, with Dulux Trade adding its extensive knowledge about supportive and inclusive colour and design to enable both functional and wellbeing occupant outcomes.
Kathryn Ledson at Dulux Trade, says: “Every three minutes in the UK a person is diagnosed with dementia, while one in four patients is currently in acute hospitals living with dementia. At Dulux Trade, we recognised that this growing global health trend required a radical change in thinking.
“We have been committed for a number of years to supporting inclusive design within care environments, to develop accessible spaces that improve quality of life for dementia patients and reduce feelings of stress or anxiety. We are delighted to receive this recognition for the work our team has done.”
Jackie Pool, director of memory with Sunrise Senior Living UK and a judge at the Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo Awards 2019, says: “The passion and dedication of Dulux Trade was unmistakable, they are clearly committed to making a real difference to dementia care through supporting healthcare and design professionals to think differently about the development of care spaces, something that will notably improve care in the industry.”