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Designing home environments for people with problems with cognition who display aggressive or self-injurious behaviour, Ed. 2

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Authors Vasilakopoulou, K., Bridge, C.
Illustrators/Contributors Hodges, L.
Audience Consumers, Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry
ISBN 978-0-7334-3900-1
DOI 10.26288/5dddeafdc0906

People with cognitive impairments can present aggressive or self-injurious behaviours. Home modifications and interventions can protect people with cognitive impairment and their carers. This factsheet is intended to assist industry professionals to better understand the value of specialised home modifications to reduce the risk of injury, minimise neighbourhood disturbances and reduce maintenance and repair costs associated with heavy or unusual activity patterns.

Table of Contents

Self-injurious and aggressive behaviours and the home environment

Best -practice considerations in the built environment

Strategies and systems for safe and durable home environments

Strategies that reduce potential triggers

Interior temperature



Strategies to reduce the risk of property damage

Walls, doors and windows

Glass and mirrors


Tamper-resistant elements

Strategies to reduce the risk of harm for people

Elements and techniques that can be used to soften an “institutional appearance”

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