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Designing for dementia

The complex condition

Today, approximately 50 million people worldwide live with dementia, with the condition affecting more than 60%¹ of long-term care residents. While caring for a resident with dementia can be incredibly rewarding, the nature and complexity of the condition means that as it progress many people develop responsive behaviors that can create challenging situations and moments of friction in the care environment.

At Arjo, we leverage over 60 years of experience and expertise to create solutions that improve quality of life for residents in long-term care and contribute to higher working satisfaction for carers. We work in partnership with our customers to better understand the evolving challenges and needs of today’s long-term care environments and strive to enable care providers to raise the quality of care.



Designing for dementia

At the core of our research and development process for both acute and long-term care are our design principles. These principles not only guide product development, they are the foundation of our portfolio and are in place to ensure we continue to meet the evolving needs and challenges of today’s care environments. When identifying the solutions in our portfolio best suited to the needs of adult daily living, your long-term care environment and your residents living with dementia, we place particular focus on the following aspects:

1. Familiar or homelike appearance

Familiar or homelike appearance

2. Colour and contrast

Colour and contrast

3. Sound environment

Sound environment

4. Mobility and dignity

Mobility and dignity

5. Comfort and relaxation

Comfort and relaxation

6. Support individualisation

Support individualisation

7. Caregiver support

Caregiver support

8. Support one to one interactions

Support one-to-one interactions

References

1. Alzheimer’s Disease International. World Alzheimer Report 2018. London: Alzheimer’s Disease International; 2018.

Arjo Guide for Architects and Planners

Lucien de Kreek

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