Day One / 14th September 15:50
Luke Reeves - Designing extra care schemes for people with dementia & learning the lessons.
Research into dementia has advanced our understanding of the condition and the challenges that people who live with it face, leading to innovative housing solutions being developed. This presentation will explore how supported housing has responded to the challenge, focusing in particular on the lessons learned from innovations in extra care housing and the risks facing its future.
Damian Utton - Integrating design for dementia in commissioning new schemes.
The design of the built environment can make a significant contribution to improving the lives of people with dementia. Integrating design for dementia into housing schemes requires several fundamental principles to be considered in relation to the inside and outside of buildings, the spaces between buildings and their location.
This presentation will draw on current guidance documents and showcase examples of completed housing schemes to highlight best practice in designing for people with dementia. Analysis of what works well and what could be improved will be included within the presentation. The recently published Dementia-friendly Housing Charter highlights places, people and process as three key factors in creating dementia-friendly housing. Including dementia friendly design into these ‘places’ is beneficial for everyone as we all benefit when our surroundings are legible and easily understood.