In the UK, a house has been designed keeping in mind the special needs of people affected with dementia.
In the house, the carpets are of lighter shades, since darker carpets can be perceived as holes. Plug points are also placed at a higher position, so as to they are more visible to the people. Moreover, the windows in the house automatically open when the temperature gets too hot. The house is also refurbished with photos, thus enticing memories.
On the global front, incidence of dementia is increasing, because of the longevity of human life. People suffering from dementia need to make considerable adjustments to their homes, based on their special needs.
The home project is led by researchers from the Loughborough University, who have designed the house referring to scientific changes visible in dementia. However experts suggest, dementia affects each person differently. Since forgetfulness is a major part of the disease, among many other useful features, water taps in the house use colors, so that people don’t forget what hot and cold means.
The house is designed on the ground rule that people don’t get disoriented, when they are at home. Moreover, the paint colors of the house walls allows people to feel calm and see things more clearly. According to Professor Eef Hogervorst from Loughborough University, she says, “People find it more difficult to navigate a space if it’s all white, all one colour, so we have a contrast between the walls, the skirting boards and the floors.”
The house also offers lots of light from the windows. Dementia patients suffer from the circadian rhythm and the 24 hour day rhythm is often lost and more so when the sun sets. People hence suffer from agitation and restlessness. This is one of the main reasons, why it is crucial for such people to have enough exposure of light.
Through the project, researchers hope they can help people stay independent.