Dementia Friendly Environment

It is commonly understood that well-designed environments which are accessible, with good natural light and good insulation to improve warmth and reduce noise, promote health and wellbeing for everyone. 

When thinking about supporting a person with dementia, the design of the environment (whether it’s their home, place of work or somewhere they go to learn or access recreation) becomes even more important. 

The person’s environment is one of the key factors in how well the person will live with their dementia (by promoting their independence and safety), and can help to mitigate against some of the disempowering symptoms of dementia (like disorientation and confusion).


Contents of this mini book:

  • Why does environment matter
  • What does a Dementia friendly environment look like?
  • Step 1: the layout of the environment
  • Step 2: visuals, pictures and signage
  • Step 3: fixtures and fittings
  • Step 4: lighting
  • Step 5: sound
  • Step 6: colours and tones
  • Step 7: risk management and safety
  • Step 8: appropriate use of technology
  • Step 9: design of outdoor spaces
  • What about personalisation?
  • Making a Dementia friendly environment that works for everyone