Environment and Design for Dementia
“Symptoms of memory loss, confusion and difficulty learning new things means that someone with dementia may forget where they are, where things are and how things work.” – NHS England
People living with dementia occupy 25% of hospital beds and account for 75% of all care home residents, representing a significant challenge to the health and social care estate. Small changes to the physical environment such as appropriate flooring, signage and lighting can have a significant impact on quality of life for both patients and their care partners.
Away from a care setting, rethinking the way we design our homes, neighbourhoods and workplaces can also help people with dementia live independently for longer while remaining socially, mentally and physically active.
Seeking to establish clear standards for dementia-friendly environments and design, the Environment and Design for Dementia Conference will focus on the actionable design principles and how to implement them. Featuring the latest research on dementia and the built environments from the University of Salford, the agenda will be packed with practical examples from different care and community settings that have delivered improved outcomes, including repurposed buildings, new builds and public spaces.
We are delighted to be gaining a reputation for “insightful and thought provoking” dementia conferences, with feedback from our last event including:
“I was enthralled by all the speakers”
“Good networking event and great opportunity to visit the dementia hub”
“Some really exciting discussions, and great networking opportunity”
“I was captivated from start to finish and the day flew by”
“I will be discussing the event with colleagues and senior management and will emphasise how good I found the conference and if this is a reflection of other events then it’s worth checking the website”
Join us at the Environment and Design for Dementia Conference to explore the many ways we can create safer, more welcoming, easy to navigate and clearly understandable environments for the growing number of people living with dementia. See how small built environment interventions can greatly improve users’ experience. Learn how new technology can improve the person with dementia and care partner experience and understand how we can work with service users to rethink and redesign our environments.
We do not accept delegate registrations from suppliers.
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Registration, refreshments and exhibition
Opening remarks from chair
Oren Lieberman, Professor of Architecture, School of Built Environment, University of Salford
John Zeisel, Founder, Hearthstone Alzheimer Care
Optimal spaces for those living with dementia
Peter Barrett, Emeritus Professor, University of Salford
Dementia, design, and the social environment
Andrew Clark, Reader in Sociology, School of Health and Society, University of Salford
It is estimated that of the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK around 300,000 are living in their own homes, supported by family, friends, neighbours voluntary organisations and health and social care services.
This session will report on findings from a 5 year international research study investigating how neighbourhoods can support people living with dementia. While the design of the built or physical environment is important, so too are the ways in which neighbourhoods and local places provide a supportive social infrastructure. The research has provides fresh insights into how neighbourhoods might enable or restrict opportunities for informal and semi-formal support, as well as identifies the potential for people living with dementia to live independently in the community by enabling opportunities for remaining connected to people and places through interactions, acts of kindness, reciprocity, and maintaining a sense of routine and habit. Good environments for dementia should encourage these opportunities alongside physical design.
Joint question and discussion session
Refreshments and networking
In conversation: Putting the person at the centre of dementia friendly design
Mario Della Cerra, Dementia Associate, Salford Institute for Dementia
Assessing and establishing standards in design quality
Teresa Atkinson, Senior Research Fellow, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester
Design for dementia – what works?
Bill Halsall, Senior Partner, Halsall Lloyd Partnership
Dementia Hub and Living Labs visit
Lunch and networking
The right to good design
Philly Hare, Director, Innovations in Dementia
Successfully designing care settings
Tracy Paine, Deputy Chief Executive, Belong Morris Feinmann
Community space and dementia
Bob Giddings, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Northumbria University
Damian Utton, Director, Pozzoni
Joint questions and discussion
Closing remarks from chair and event close
*Programme subject to change without notice
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- Hear the University of Salford’s latest research on dementia and the built environment and its implications for your organisation
- Be part of the conversation on the development of clear standards for dementia-friendly environments and design
- Engage with service users who can articulate what good design looks and feels like for them
- Understand what works in design for dementia, with practical ideas and examples to take away and implement
- Benefit from real use case studies of projects including repurposing of care settings
- See the latest exciting developments in assistive technology, and how they can help keep people safe
- Learn how other organisations are enabling independent living at home
- Hear the latest thinking in urban design and community space
- Meet the architects and design experts who are creating the next generation of care settings
Who should attend?
Assistant Contract Manager
Care Home Manager
Clinical Service Manager
Clinical Ward Manager
Corporate Director of Resident Services
Dementia and Delirium Nurse Specialist
Director of Care Services
Director of Operations
Extra Care Services Manager
Quality Improvement Manager
Senior Extra Care Manager
Senior Inpatient Manager
Village General Manager