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Dementia Design Principles

“Before we can design a good solution, we need to understand your needs...”

If a design is going to be successful, these principles are the essential check-list in the process of creating an appropriate solution. 

They are the result of research into cognitive issues that dementia commonly causes and are the practical responses to those issues. Not only can good design solve a problem, proactively employed, they will help people avoid them before they occur.

Every thing I've designed follows these principles as far as is practical and has resulted in a range of effective, dignified solutions that have been widely and successfully adopted in the world of dementia care.

These principles are just as effective when applied to the environment.. They are simple, practical, and respectful of peoples needs and the more widely they are employed, the more benefits they will bring. 

My design principles have proved reliable rules to follow time and time again when addressing designs that prevent dementia (and other conditions which cause cognitive issues) from interrupting a person’s basic, daily functions, making it easier for them to get on with their lives independently and with dignity.  

Read my guide to the key elements of a well designed environment to see how design principles can be put into action : Click here