6 Tips for Dementia-Friendly Design



6 tips for dementia-friendly design

  1. Familiarity - People are able to recognise and understand their environment, which; prevents and/or ameliorates spatial disorientation, and aids short-term memory
  2. Legibility - People are able to understand where they are and where they need to go, which prevents and/or alleviates; spatial disorientation, confusion
  3. Distinctiveness - Aids our ability to concentrate and pay attention. Distinctiveness in a neighbourhood encourages: orientation, wayfinding
  4. Accessibility - Residents are able to reach, enter, use and move around places or spaces they need to, regardless of physical, sensory or cognitive impairment, which: facilitates movement, reduces injury and frustration
  5. Comfort - Residents feel relaxed and able to visit, use and enjoy spaces of their choice, which reduces physical and/or psychological discomfort
  6. Safety - Residents are allowed to move around, use and enjoy the neighbourhood without fear of harm, which increases morale and decreases risk of injury
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First Published16 September 2019
Updated15 September 2019
30 August 2027
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