Homes For Life – Design

Through both the demonstration elements of Chris and Sally’s Home and in creating a research platform this project has identified certain parameters that should be considered when adapting existing homes for dementia.

A multi-disciplinary team of academics, researchers, and design professionals, with backgrounds in health, building physics and architecture generated the information that supported the following identified parameters:

1.Entrance way (accessibility)

2.Line of sight / layout


4.Colour / texture






10.Heating / cooling / ventilation

11.View to green


Each parameter is ranked as ‘poor’, ‘average’ (in relation to Part M of the Building Regulations, or equivalent) and ‘best’ practice which will serve as a practical guide to all.

Chris and Sally’s converted terraced house features alterations to a number of these parameters. This includes:

  • Clear lines of sight (open-plan) and colour-coded paths through the home to help guide people towards each specific room.
  • Increased natural lighting – proven to help people stay alert during the day and to sleep better at night.
  • Noise reduction features – to lower the chances of stress.
  • Simple switches and heating controls, in addition to safety sensors in high risk areas such as the kitchen.
  • Non-scalding faucets and rounded edge furniture to reduce injury risks.