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Dementia Design Guidelines: Home and Community Care Capital Works Program

Authors: Bridge, C., Chaudhary, K., Hodges, L.
Published: 13th November 2007
Audience: Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry, Librarians/Researchers/Students
ISBN: 1 86487 850 9

Abstract

This report was written, at the request of the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), for service providers, architects, interior designers, etc, to improve the ability of adult day centres to provide a safe environment which caters to the specific needs of people with dementia. The report provides a checklist for dementia design guidelines and case examples of modified existing dementia respite centres. The second edition has a reviewed and streamlined checklist section and some updated content.

Publication History

2nd edition Dementia design guidelines: home and community care capital works program  by Lisa Hodges, Catherine Bridge & Katrina Chaudhary, June 2006, 2nd ed., 2007.  Reprinted June 2014

Table of Contents

  • Glossary
  • Introduction
  • Purpose of the report
    • Evolution of the environmental design of adult day care centres
    • Legislation pertaining to adult day care centres
    • Building Code of Australia 8
    • Australian Standard 1428.1 (2001) & 1428.2 (1992)
    • Local Government Planning
    • Disability Discrimination Act (1992)
    • Social climate changes
    • Estimated future social climate
  • Methodology
    • Systematic Review
    • Design principles and checklist
  • Results
    • Results of the Systematic Review
    • Type of resource (eg, journal article, newsletter)
    • Methodology
    • Nationality
    • Matrix Variables
    • Development of the design guidelines and the checklist
  • Discussion
    • Services that afford independence, autonomy and control by being adaptable to the users
    • Spaces that afford meaningful and culturally appropriate activity
    • Interior and exterior detailing that is familiar and non-threatening
    • Spaces, access points, pathways and services that use appropriate modes
    • Spaces, access points, pathways and services that eliminate unnecessary complexity and reduce extraneous sensory stimuli 21
    • Spaces, access points & pathways services that reduce agitation & opportunities for meaningless wandering
    • Spaces, access points, pathways & services that afford approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user's limitations (i.e. highly negotiable)
    • Spaces, access points, pathways & services that are tolerant of user related error (i.e. safe & secure)
    • Spaces, access points, pathways & services that support staff
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendix A
    • Matrix of references from which principles were based
  • Appendix B
    • Broughton House
  • Appendix C
    • Chantal Day and Respite Centre
  • Appendix D
    • Checklist for Dementia Design Guidelines
    • Services that afford independence, autonomy & control by being adaptable to users
    • Spaces and Equipment that afford meaningful and culturally appropriate activity
    • Interior and exterior detailing that is familiar and non-threatening


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