Presentation on theme: "Enhancing the lives of people with dementia. Dementia Focus Group."— Presentation transcript:
Enhancing the lives of people with dementia
Dementia Focus Group
Purpose of the group To ensure the homes we provide for people with dementia are designed, decorated and furnished to a standard that enhances the wellbeing of people we support. To provide the right environment rather than bewildering or hostile settings to help people remain as independent as they can be. To meet objective 11 (Living well in Care Homes) of the Dementia Strategy
Dementia Standards Bedroom Bedroom Living Room Living Room Dining Room Dining Room Entrance / Corridors Entrance / Corridors Bathrooms / Toilets / Ensuite Bathrooms / Toilets / Ensuite Gardens / Outdoor space Gardens / Outdoor space
The aging eye A Typical 60 year old receives about 1/3 of the retinal luminance of a 20 year old. Reduction of contrast of images and vividness of colour. Reduced ability to discriminate certain colours. Increased time to adapt to different light levels
Age related eye diseases
Signage People are able to find and use toilet unaided. People are able to find their bedrooms. People can find their way around.
What does it all mean Fewer slips, trips and falls. Fewer slips, trips and falls. Less weight loss / improved appetite Less weight loss / improved appetite More independence at mealtimes More independence at mealtimes Reduction in physical aggression. Reduction in physical aggression. Reduction in anti psychotic medication. Reduction in anti psychotic medication. More quality time with people. More quality time with people.
Outdoor Spaces Gardening is good for you Natural light and sunlight improves sleep, mood and behaviour and stocks up on vitamin D Resting in a garden helps to explore memories. Gardening is an excellent mental workout and provides creativity, independence and social interaction.
Evaluation of work Each home to: Each home to: Monitor falls before and after any redecoration Monitor falls before and after any redecoration Monitor food intake before and after changes to crockery Monitor food intake before and after changes to crockery Monitor behaviours before and after signage introduced and redecoration Monitor behaviours before and after signage introduced and redecoration