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Wayfinding in a nursing home for advanced dementia of the Alzheimer's type

Environment and Behavior

Author: Passini, R., Pigot, H., Rainville, C., Tetreault, M. H.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2000


The aim of the study was to generate design criteria in order to encourage and facilitate wayfinding for advanced Alzheimer’s patients. The results show that even patients with severe cognitive deterioration are able to reach certain destinations. Wayfinding decisions were based on environmental information that is readily accessible, so that the patient could move from one point to another. Visual access to the main destinations increased their use and facilitated wayfinding. Signage has an important function, creating redundancy in wayfinding communication and compensating for the loss of memory and spatial understanding.

Further Details

Pages: 684-710
Volume: 32
Issue: 5
Accession Number: 21.09.05
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 17/07/2013
Keywords: cognitivedesignwayfindingAlzheimer's disease
Reads: 311