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.