Discover how changes to homes and gardens can help people with dementia

Wednesday 17 July 2013

The University of Salford has organised a free event for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and families to share tips on how homes and gardens can help to create a more supportive environment.

The event on Wednesday 31 July at the Humphrey Booth Resource Centre in Swinton will explore how simple changes such as how clocks are used, the colour of toilet seats, types of tap, patterns on curtains and carpets, lighting, plants and gardening can make a difference to people living with dementia.

Natalie Yates-Bolton and Ricardo Codinhoto from the University’s Dementia Design Group will be on hand to explain how the latest research can be applied to gardens and homes, and Susan Herbert from Salford City Council will discuss how the latest technology can help to keep people safe and independent.

Top gardener Joan Mulvenna will bring some of her own garden boxes and share her expertise on creating a tranquil environment. She won a Royal Horticultural Society Award at the Tatton Flower Show last year and runs her own business, Garden Design Manchester.

Natalie Yates-Bolton of the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, said: “It’s important to share our knowledge with the community because two-thirds of the people diagnosed with dementia live at home.

“You will have the chance to chat to the speakers and receive the latest specialist advice on creating supportive homes and gardens for people affected by dementia.”

If you are the carer, friend or family member of someone with dementia, you can book a place by contact Natalie Yates-Bolton on 0161 295 6486 or n.yates-bolton@salford.ac.uk.

‘Making Your Home and Garden Dementia-Friendly’, Wednesday 31 July, 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Humphrey Booth Resource Centre, 16-18 Worsley Road, Swinton, M27 5WW.