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Environmental design for people with dementia: charting the gap between theory and practice in the design of new residential facilities

Prof Richard Fleming
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution University of Wollongong
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There is now a substantial body of literature describing good practice in the design of environments for people with dementia. It has been established that a well designed environment can, for example, reduce confusion and agitation, provide opportunities for engagement in meaningful activities, encourage social interaction and assist staff to carry out their work. However anecdotal information suggests that the theory is not translating into practice.

This study aims to: identify the specific gaps between theory and practice (e.g. the failure to avoid overstimulation); discover the obstacles to best practice; develop strategies to overcome the obstacles to best practice; and to disseminate these strategies for discussion.

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