Hope this doesnt sound too trivial amongst very practical threads. I need your ideas for features in new hospital buildings that will improve the environment for patients who have dementia. Thanks - sorry for long message - thats me !!!!
Back in 1995 we were experiencing so much unnecessary suffering besides what AD itself throws at you - I made a vow to grab whatever opportunity came along - as soon as free to do so - to prevent this in the future.
Now look where its got me !!! I too am having to give a 'presentation' of sorts - not too formal - but i need your help please.
I have to give Hopes, Fears & Ideas to newly appointed artists who have been commissioned to design and oversee installation of things like privacy screens (kind of full height room divider in a lounge area), multi faith room, flooring , outside pathways etc for new hospital buildings for mental health. It is an Induction Day for the artists with lots of people giving short presentations - OTs , art therapists, someone from the Dementia Services Development Centre who has experience of dementia friendly design etc . I'll have10 minuntes as a Carers Representative along with 2 service users (who do not have dementia ) - 2 of the buildings will be used by people with dementia so its important those have dementia friendly design.
I'd like to give examples of what design features or things in the environment have caused problems for people. eg threshold strips on the floor in doorways often cause people to lift their feet high off the ground or even deter them from walking over them - its as if spatial awareness is not working properly. My Mum once said "Look at that snow out there" - it was July in England. Dads face fell - another knife in the heart - then I saw a patch of gravel glinting in the sun - it looked just like snow!
Its easy to think that abstract art could cause confusion - sorry dont watn to put words in your mouth !!! A lot of new hospitals go in for these art installations now tomake them less clinical looking.
So.... any ideas - for hopes, fears & ideas please . during the design process service users and carers and staff will be 'involved' - probably by workshops or anything more imaginative. the some of the creations may be used in the final work or used to build up designs from.
Over to you please !!! Many thanks.