May 02, 2016

New resources on designing living environments for people with dementia ...Healthcare professional

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on

Design smart : the rating tool for environments that work for people with dementia
DesignSmart: The rating tool for environments that work for people with dementia has been developed by HammondCare's Dementia Centre to assist in the creation of built environments that empower and enable older people and people with dementia.
Extensive, new research has been undertaken by the authors to ensure that DesignSmart is an evidence-based rating tool that provides the user with the means to undertake a comprehensive self-assessment of an environment. DesignSmart seeks to support architects, designers, service providers, managers and decision-makers to understand the important elements of good design and incorporate these into physical and social environments.
Designed with the user in mind, DesignSmart will aid prioritisation and structure in decisions and/or recommendations to executive and financial decision-makers. It provides the framework and detail to ensure that all stakeholders in a design project have a shared understanding of common objectives and priorities.
Supports good design decisions

Designing outdoor spaces for people with dementia
edited by Annie Pollock and Mary Marshall
In many facilities for people with dementia, there is often little or no access to the outdoors and to fresh air. Research shows that there are considerable benefits that come from spending time outdoors and having a good view out from a building. So, why is it that people living with dementia, often have poor access to outside spaces and the benefits that come from being outside?

'Designing Outdoor Spaces for People with Dementia' is a book that discusses how to effectively use outside spaces for people with dementia. The book is not an academic guide to research but a book for people in practice. It is filled with case studies of real examples from all over the world. The book is edited by internationally respected Mary Marshall and Annie Pollock.

Featuring authors from Japan, USA, Australia and Norway as well as the UK, the book provides a review of evidence based research supporting the importance of access to outdoor spaces; understanding how to use outdoor spaces appropriately and case studies from around the world describing how to develop and utilise well designed spaces for people with dementia.

The book is written for people who own and commission buildings for people with dementia, Architects and Landscape Architects, Managers of facilities for people with dementia, Medical, nursing and care staff as well as professions allied to medicine such as occupational therapists and physiotherapists and relatives of people with dementia and people living with dementia.

Design for people with dementia : audit tool
Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling
This folder contains a series of resources for assessing environments that are used by people with dementia. The information they contain is evidence-based and reflects international best practice. The aim of the design audit tool is to provide consistent guidance on designing environments for people with dementia. It can be used for refurbishments projects or new buildings, and is relevant across a range of settings, including day centres, wards, care homes and medical centres.

Design for dementia : improving dining and bedroom environments in care homes
The guide explores how better product and environment design can improve quality of life for care home residents with dementia. The design ideas developed are a practical response to the challenge of cognitive decline and can be retrofitted to existing care homes as well as applied to new developments.
Contents: What is dementia? --  The challenge for care -- Design goals -- Research method – Dining – Dining and care -- Interior layout -- tableware --   Bedroom – The bedroom and care – Personalization – dressing --  Conclusion – selected references -- about the authors -- Partner description
 Designing commercial interiors
Includes chapters focusing on senior living facilities and on restoration and adaptive use. Throughout the book, design application discussions, illustrations, and photographs help both professionals and students solve problems and envision and implement distinctive designs for commercial interiors.
Design innovations for aging and Alzheimer's : creating caring environments
As our understanding of aging and Alzheimer's, and the cultural changes related to these phenomena, grows so do the implications for interior design. Focus on recent innovations in care environments for the aging with a resource dedicated to this topic. This comprehensive book features:
  • Coverage of the emerging building types of adult day care and hospice and the increased use of gardens and outdoor space in environments for the aging.
  • Material on sustainable design and environmentally friendly building products.
  • Design solutions that extend beyond assisted-living facilities and nursing homes as they can be easily adapted for residential use.
  • Photographs, line drawings, and a 16-page color insert that bring the material to life.
Building type basics for senior livingEssential information you need to plan and successfully complete the design of residential care environments for seniors on time and within budget. Primary authors Bradford Perkins and J. David Hoglund and their Perkins Eastman colleagues—all experts in senior living design—share firsthand knowledge to guide you through all aspects of the design of senior living communities, including independent living and assisted living apartments, and skilled nursing facilities.
This edition features new examples of completed projects and is up to date with the latest developments in senior living design, including coverage of sustainable design, renovation and reinvention, international opportunities, operations, and project financing.

This new edition offers:
•Numerous photographs, diagrams, and plans
•A new chapter on issues, trends, and challenges for the senior living industry in the next decade
•A new chapter devoted to sustainability strategies and considerations
•Up-to-date coverage of new technologies being implemented in senior living facilities
•New space programming standards and sample programs

Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings DVD or book series
Maximizing cognitive and functional abilities DVD or book
Margaret P. Calkins and Eileen Lipstreuer
How do the physical and caregiving environments of a long-term care facility influence the functioning of its residents with dementia? Viewers will learn to appreciate the sometimes insurmountable challenges presented by typical residential facilities when residents have to navigate daily activities with a host of age-related cognitive and sensory deficits. Deteriorating abilities to maintain independence are a hallmark of dementia, but they needn’t lead directly to helplessness. With simple changes to the environment, facility staff can maximize functional independence and minimize excess disabilities. Here is a step-by-step process for identifying barriers and finding respectful, supportive solutions. Through individual profiles of residents, viewers learn to apply this sensible problem-solving method to some of the common challenges presented by toileting, dressing, and mealtime activities in long-term care facilities. The reward for this approach is an enhanced quality of life for residents and staff alike.

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