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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

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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