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This accessible and fully illustrated guide offers many simple changes and practical design recommendations to promote independence and wellbeing in people with dementia, in both care homes and domestic residential care settings. Topics covered include colour and lighting; materials and contrast; flooring; safety devices and assistive technology; noise and sound; décor; orientation, signage and wayfinding; spaces for eating, interaction and leisure pursuits; and gardens. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the importance of creating a sense of 'home', and of taking the complex sensory, physical and emotional needs of individuals at the various stages of dementia into account. The practical design recommendations are amply illustrated with other 100 photographs, some in colour, and the book closes with a useful photocopiable design checklist which can be used to assess and prioritise the design changes needed in a particular care environment. This research-based book offers a wealth of ideas for improving care environments for people with dementia through design, and is essential reading for care home staff and managers, occupational therapists and other professionals, relatives and other carers, as well as designers and architects.
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Hilary Dalke is Professor of Design at Kingston University, UK. She is an expert in inclusive design for healthcare environments, and her professional advice has been sought by government agencies, architectural practices, designers and developers of building projects. The main focus of her work is the technical and aesthetic use of colour, lighting and contrast. She is the co-author of Lighting and Colour for Hospital Design, and has published many reports on colour and light use in dementia care settings. Alessio Corso is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Product Design at Kingston University, UK. He received an Industrial Design Studentship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 whilst studying for an MSc in Integrated Industrial Design. His research now focuses on engineering product design and inclusive design for medical products and packaging.
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