There are a wide range of resources on designing homes to make them more dementia friendly.
Foundations contributed to the Alzheimer’s Society guide to Making Your Home Dementia Friendly. It includes lots of practical tips, further suggestions and a useful checklist.
Design for Dementia (Volume 1) by the The Halsall Lloyd Partnership architectural practice includes many design tips; mostly for new build but includes an example design for dementia adaptation of a traditional Victorian terraced house.
A number of design guides have been published in Scotland, including:
- Being Home: Housing and Dementia in Scotland which has a chapter on home adaptations, technology and support.
- Improving the design of housing to assist people with dementia led by the University of Stirling.
Foundations has produced a useful list of possible adaptations for people with dementia, which can be accessed here.
A range of apps are also available to guide the design of dementia friendly homes.
The Dementia-Friendly Home app was launched by Alzheimer’s Australia in 2016. Using interactive 3D game technology Unreal Engine, the tablet app provides carers with ideas to make their home more accessible for people living with dementia. It’s based on the 10 principles for dementia enabling environments.
The University of Stirling have developed IRIDIS. The app is a digital version of their research-based Dementia Design Audit Tool – meaning expert guidance on dementia design is now available at the touch of a button.
Foundations are working with the Social Care Institute for Excellence to develop an app that will provide design guidance and allow HIAs to purchase equipment directly through the app – where they may be part of a preventative grant programme.