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Dementia-friendly design: better care homes for supported living

James Botterill, director of RIBA-Chartered HSSP Architects, extols the virtues of designing a safe, ‘home from home’ for dementia residents.

With dementia cases sadly on the rise, it is critical we all work harder to better support our ageing population - tackling outdated care home design which can be detrimental to residents, and providing more innovative, user-centric solutions.

It is natural to look for assurances that 24-hour support is available, that staff have specialist training and that residents are safe, secure and comfortable. Equally critical, but less frequently discussed, is the way the building itself is designed and equipped. Indeed, design can improve the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia by reducing symptoms of confusion, isolation and anxiety and help them live more independently.

Designing a safe ‘home from home’

The need for better design in care home provision demands a fresh look at the concept and purpose of the whole living environment. Critically, we need to address the hangover of ‘hospital-like’ desig

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