Learn how to design a house for dementia sufferers.
Your home is your castle they say. But if you or someone you know suffers from dementia the home could be far from a place of comfort and security.
There are simple changes you can make to a home to make it much more dementia friendly.
New research by the University of Stirling has found that by making a few simple design changes to the home of the person with dementia the individual is able to lead a more independent and fulfilling life.
Research into how to design a house for dementia sufferers.
Research, funded by the Nominet Trust aims to look at how a home can be better designed to be more user-friendly and to make it easier for a person with dementia to enjoy a better quality of life in their own homes.
The research has found that by making simple changes to the person’s home can help them to navigate and function better as an individual, giving them more control of their everyday lives.
The University of Stirling’s dementia centre has created a virtual care home, which shows how simple design changes in a room, such as bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms can enable a person to have a better quality of life.
Research on how to design a house for dementia
In the research there are many valuable points made about how to help improve the home of a person living with dementia, some of the many ways that are suggested when designing the home for a person are:
- Using brighter light bulbs and bright coloured walls and floors which could help stop a person from falling.
- The fridge and cupboards in the kitchen could be glass fronted which would allow the person to see where their food is kept.
- Clocks could show night and day to give a better indication of the time of day
- Cooking pots and pans with double handles making it easier to handle
- Using cut off timers on cookers and electrical objects
- Using Photos of family members to aid memory stimulation
- Having clearly labelled taps for hot and cold water
- Allowing the person to be able to see the toilet when in bed
What We Think of The House
We love the idea of having a dementia friendly home for making it easier for a person to stay in their own home. Many of the designs are very simple and can easily be incorporated into the home of a person with a little thought.
I’m sure that many of these recommendations could become mainstream in dementia care and incorporated as standard into the home of a person living with the condition. Giving better help for the carer and sufferer. We also like to say thanks to the University of Stirling for carrying out the research.
The virtual care home can be seen online with a look at how different rooms in a person’s home could be designed to give the maximum help to a person who suffers from dementia. You can see the recommendations that the research suggests to design a house for dementia by visiting the virtual dementia care home here