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Designing for dementia

a critical overview of the evidence-based design of housing for people with dementia

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Designing for dementia

a critical overview of the evidence-based design of housing for people with dementia

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Discussions about the importance of the built environment for healthcare delivery extend at least as far back as Hippocrates 1 (400 BC). The iconic Florence Nightingale (1859) also strongly believed in the influence the indoor environment has on the progress of disease and recovery. Today, the role of the built environment in the healing process is of growing interest to healthcare providers, environmental psychologists, consultants, and architects. Although there is a mounting evidence 1 linking healthcare environments to health outcomes, because of the varying quality of that evidence, there has also been a lack of clarity around what can and cannot be achieved through design.
Given the ageing of society and the ever increasing numbers of persons with dementia in the Western World, the need for detailed knowledge about aged care environments has also become increasingly important. The mental and physical health state of these persons is extremely fragile and their needs demand careful consideration. Although environmental interventions constitute only a fraction of what is needed for people with dementia to remain as independent as possible, there is now sufficient evidence (2, 3) to argue they can be used as a first-line treatment, rather than beginning with farmalogical interventions.

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OrganisatieFontys Hogescholen
LectoraatExpertisecentrum Gezondheidszorg en Technologie
Gepubliceerd inEvidence Based Design Journal Vol. 1, Uitgave: 1, Pagina's: 1-38
Jaar2014
TypeArtikel
ISSN2204-0188
TaalEngels

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