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Dementia is a chronic mental disorder that causes a decline in memory, language, problem-solving skills which makes it difficult to perform their usual everyday tasks. Studies show that nearly 1 million people throughout the United Kingdom are suffering from dementia. Older people are the most likely to develop this disease.
Those who are suffering from dementia may often find it difficult to navigate around their own home. Since they experience short-term memory loss, it is difficult for them to remember where things are located. That is why they may need a home where they can easily find what they are looking for without much difficulty.
Memory care architecture is what is needed. A dementia architect specialises in designing architecture for those with dementia. This type of architecture typically provides a more spacious and open design. Open design allows there to be fewer obstacles for the person to get past, making it easier to remember where items are located. This is particularly important when it comes to the kitchen and bathroom where safety is concerned.
Good lighting is another important element of care home architecture. The building must be equipped with adequate lighting on the ceiling, and wherever else necessary. Those with dementia respond better to environments with more lighting. These should be the bright LED lights rather than the classic yellow halogen lights.
For example, think about nursing home architecture and how it is designed. Some features of a well-designed nursing home are that they have wide, easy to locate hallways, properly labelled doors, and a front desk. Architecture for those with dementia can have a similar approach. You need a lot of wide-open hallways with a big living room and simple bedrooms layouts that will be easy to remember.
This is just a small sample of what architecture for dementia patients can look like. Whether you want to build a small home or a large nursing home for dementia patients, we can accommodate your wishes. Contact one of our dementia architects at your earliest convenience, and we’ll see what we can do for you.