Environmental Design

Designing for People with Dementia

Our award winning Designing for People with Dementia Service can help you create a dementia friendly environment.

A dementia friendly environment is relevant and meaningful, taking into account a person’s lifestyle, background and interests, as well as being familiar and recognisable.

Creating a dementia friendly environment can range from a new building to rearranging furniture.

What is the Designing for People with Dementia service?

We provide on-site education, assessment and advice to managers, staff, project managers and architects.

We can discuss how to use an existing environment more effectively, plan a new facility or refurbish an existing one. We work in acute, residential and community care settings across Australia.

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Architect and author of the Dementia Design Principles Kirsty Bennett leads our team with a combined expertise that covers architecture, strategic planning, interior design, landscape architecture, nursing, psychology and operational management.

Our service will typically include a detailed discussion of evidence-based dementia design principles, and an assessment of your facility or plan, with recommendations for improvement.

This assessment is a standard component of DTA Tailored Training Packages

How can I access the Designing for People with Dementia Service?

The Designing for People with Dementia Service can be accessed within a TTP or separately.

DTA’s Environmental Design Service handbook introduces the full suite of resources for the DTA Designing for People with Dementia Service

The Built Environment Assessment Tool – Dementia (BEAT-D) will guide you through an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of buildings used to accommodate people with dementia

Principles of Environmental Design

These 10 principles are the culmination of more that 30 years of research and practice. They are the backbone of the Designing for People with Dementia service.

10 key principles

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