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Defining the desirable characteristics of physical environments for the delivery of support and care to people in the final stages of dementia

Prof Richard Fleming
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution University of Wollongong
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The design of environments in which people with dementia live should be understandable, reinforce personal identity and maintain their abilities. The focus on supporting people with dementia to live well has omitted considering the needs or wishes for a supportive physical environment of those who are nearing the end of their lives. Using a combination of focus groups and a Delphi survey, this study explored the views of people with dementia, family carers and professionals on what aspects of the physical environment would be important to support a good quality of life to the very end.

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