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Introduction to the key design issues with Tom Grey

Based on findings from recent research, seven key guiding dementia friendly design issues were identified as relevant to hospital environment design.

Based on a review of literature from established authors, and respected organizations, a range of key guiding dementia friendly design issues relevant to the hospital setting were identified as part of the guidelines’ development.

a graphical look at the hospital as a whole with issues marker up

These key design issues were examined, debated with key stakeholders, merged, and grouped into seven Key Design Issues as set out below:

  • Engagement and participation.
  • Provide a people-centred environment.
  • Support patient safety, health and well-being.
  • Balance sensory stimulation.
  • Support orientation and navigation.
  • Adequate space to support the needs of a person living with dementia.
  • Appropriate use of technology.

These Key Design Issues are relevant across all different key spatial scales of the hospital- from location and campus design; down to internal circulation; key internal spaces; and building components. (these spatial scales and key parts of the hospital will be discussed in Week 02).

Each of these Key Design Issues address different patient, accompanying person, visitor, and staff perspectives, but come together to form an integrated approach to the overall hospital setting.

Each key design issue is discussed in more detail in the following articles.

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Dementia Inclusive Hospitals from a Universal Design Approach

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