The Dementia Services Dementia Centre (DSDC), based at Stirling University, has been working for over 25 years to improve the lives of people with dementia through care and design.

They are internationally renowned for their care and design work, their support of dementia friendly communities, influencing policy and services. In addition to education and training, their multidisciplinary team of clinical specialists, architects and designers have developed a unique insight into what can be done to support people with dementia, based on research and evidence.

The importance of design

If you consider the progression of people on their dementia journey (if you are a dementia friend you will already have an understanding of this) and then add to the equation age-related changes and impairments, you will start to get an understanding of how difficult it can be for someone with dementia to navigate their environment.

Cognitive and sensory impairments, combined with a reduction of mobility will affect behaviour, quality of life and the ability to live independently.

Improving lighting, colour contrast, signage and textures will all help and tips can be picked up from the Virtual Care Home resource page that demonstrates how dementia-friendly design can be used in a care home setting or a person’s own home.

Researchers at the university have also written a recent article about creating successful outdoor spaces for people with dementia.

The DSDC have a useful range of publications which offer practical and cost-effective suggestions for people with dementia and their carers, to complex material for professionals and their workplaces.

Alz Design

This US website has been put together by two big-hearted designers to make life easier for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. With family members affected by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the designers decided to take on a mission to create a design resource for families who are dealing with dementia in the home.

Their philosophy is that the more you learn about how Alzheimer’s – the easier it is to create ways to minimise safety risks through design.

Everyone with dementia is different and what may be good for one person may not work with another but if just one of their ideas prove useful, you may be able to increase safety around your home at little cost.

Further online resources

The Alzheimer’s Society have an online shop offering a wide range of products to help with everyday life for people living with dementia and their carers.

AT Dementia - provides information on assistive technology that can help people with dementia live more independently.

Care Charts - used in many care homes and by home care agencies, record a person’s likes and dislikes.

Designability - is a national charity joining expertise and knowledge to enhance people’s lives through the design of easy-to-use products.

Javoo is a free iPhone app for families of people with dementia, a private social network to keep everyone in touch.

Jointly - is an app that makes caring for someone a little easier and more organised.

Red Assure Independent Living - based in Worthing, provides equipment, living aids and technology to support independence.

Tuck Sleep is an online community devoted to improving sleep health and wellness. Since dementia can have a substantial impact on a person's circadian rhythm, Tuck has created an in-depth guide about sleep for carers of people with dementia. - is a specialist retailer of dementia and memory loss products, living aids and activities.They work with the Alzheimer’s Society and make it easier for carers to find products that can help them at home.

We have a long tradition of supporting people living with dementia and their carers.

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