18 Jul 2018
A show home designed around concepts and technologies which will allow people with dementia to live independently for longer has been officially opened. The house, at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, features a vast collection of intuitive ideas, all based on proven academic research. All of the features in the home were designed around a range of unique personas, created especially for the project, which reflect four progressive stages of dementia, from early on-set to end-of-life. The innovations and ideas have been devised by experts at Loughborough University, BRE and HLP Architects. The house is open to the public, care-providers, local authorities, architects and anyone with an interest in dementia care to allow them to gather ideas, solutions and inspiration from the technology and design on show.
Examples of features include:
- Clear lines of sight and use of colour through the home help guide people towards specific rooms and reduce the risk for slips and trips
- Increased natural lighting, which has been shown to help people stay alert during the day and to sleep better at night
- Noise reduction features, to reduce stress and agitation
- A ‘talking cushion’ with inbuilt sensors to remind people to get up, walk around and get a drink because walking is beneficial for health and dehydration can cause cognitive problems
- Homely, simple and familiar interior design to help promote rest and relaxation
- Space to install a lift so the lounge does not become a bedroom when the stairs become difficult.