Design, Dignity, Dementia: dementia-related design and the built environment

Alzheimer’s Disease International Across two volumes, including 84 case studies, the report looks at design in home/domestic settings, day and residential care, hospitals and public buildings and spaces. The report makes a strong statement that design for dementia is 30 years behind the physical disabilities movement – and that this must change! Source:

Overheating in care homes

Webinar on 24 March 2021 NB: You can skip the first 7 minutes introduction to this webinar (Residential Forum) Abstract In the coming decades the UK is expected to experience hotter and drier summers, and more frequent and intense heatwaves.  The UK also has a rapidly ageing population, with people aged 75 or over expectedContinue reading “Overheating in care homes”

5 trends will ‘future-proof’ senior living industry in 2021

Kimberly Bonvissuto, News – McKnight’s Senior Living More than 85 independent living, assisted living and memory care leaders joined together at the International Council on Active Aging Forum in November. Together, they identified a philosophy and infrastructure of the “optimal community,” which offers lifestyle and services desired by current residents, with the quality-of-life features futureContinue reading “5 trends will ‘future-proof’ senior living industry in 2021”

‘The Primacy of ‘Home’: An exploration of how older adults’ transition to life in a care home towards the end of the first year

Marie O’Neill, Assumpta Ryan, Anne Tracey, Liz Laird First published: 26 November 2020 What is known about this topic? The extent to which individuals exercise control over the decision to move to a care home is recognised as an important determinant of their relocation experience. Most studies report that care home environments can beContinue reading “‘The Primacy of ‘Home’: An exploration of how older adults’ transition to life in a care home towards the end of the first year”

Obliquity – John Kay

But a house is not simply a machine for living in. There is a difference between a house and a home. The functions of a home are complex and the utility of a building depends not only on its design but on the reactions of those who live in it. The occupants of the Pruitt-IgoeContinue reading “Obliquity – John Kay”

The value placed on everyday professionalism

Abstract This special issue is focusing on the ‘extraordinary ordinary’ of everyday life in residential care. This is appropriate as daily life is not only the bread and butter but also the meat of the work. It is its main strength but also its main weakness. The residential care profession does not have its ownContinue reading “The value placed on everyday professionalism”

New supporting information for inspectors and Mental Health Act reviewers addresses the risk factors of closed environments | Care Quality C When a service has a closed culture, people are more at risk of abuse and human rights breaches. The supporting information includes risk factors and warning signs of closed cultures in health and socialContinue reading

Nursing Home Design: Focus on Person-Centered Care

Real Payback   Investing in creating an environment that creates great experiences has its rewards. Word spreads and that leads to new admissions. Process improvements cut down costs. Happier employees stay. Desired employees apply. Overtime costs and agency use decreases. Changing the environment does not have to be a high-cost affair. It starts with leadershipContinue reading “Nursing Home Design: Focus on Person-Centered Care”

Design for the Mind

and wondered whether there was more to the subject? Yes there is more to the subject but, one usually has to hunt for it.  Dementia Services Development Centre and the National Autistic Society are amongst those who have developed understanding of the subject but this isn’t general knowledge. The Centre of Accessible Environments published aContinue reading “Design for the Mind”

RSA & The Collective – Co-living and the common good

The RSA is working with the creators of one of the world’s largest co-living scheme The Collective to publish a short collection of essays on the opportunities and challenges raised by co-living. What is co-living? Co-living is a way of living focused on a genuine sense of community, using shared spaces and facilities to createContinue reading “RSA & The Collective – Co-living and the common good”