An article on designing for dementia care by Jen Bernard, founder and managing director of Bernard Interiors, features in the February issue of Care Home Professional magazine.
“Dementia research is providing new insights into effective care and design all the time,” commented Jen. “For care operators it is a process of continual investment and improvement. We are now revisiting projects completed several years ago to redesign for different needs and new approaches. A residents’ lounge may become a hub area which allows for more varied activities, for example.”
As part of the development team for a care home or retirement village, Bernard Interiors consider how residents will dine, socialise, move around, rest and enjoy activities. They take into account influences from the residents’ past experiences and the location too. And they also talk to staff about their needs, such as how routine tasks can be streamlined to allow them to concentrate on providing great care.
The article is available to read here.