Dementia-friendly design on a budget

With budgets under continued pressure, Kerry Southern-Reason, CEO of Care Home Interiors Group, looks at how dementia-friendly design need not come with an off-putting price tag

According to Alzheimer's Society: 'There are around 900,000 people estimated to be living with dementia in the UK. This number is expected to rise sharply in the coming years. Latest figures indicate that 14 per cent of people have mild symptoms of dementia, 28 per cent have moderate symptoms and 58 per cent have severe symptoms.'1

With those figures, you can begin to understand why the care home environment plays a crucial role in shaping the experiences of residents, especially those living with dementia. It has the potential to enhance quality of life, minimise disorientation and stress, and promote autonomy and personal connections.

Yet good interior design is still an obstacle to good living experiences, as many care home operators assume creating a dementia-friendly environment will come with a hefty price tag. This article aims to debunk that myth and demonstrate how achieving an enabling and dementia-friendly interior through design can be achieved without a large budget.

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