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Designing Safe Living Spaces For Alzheimer’s Patients

on November 29 | in How To, Inspiration | by | with No Comments

As part of an ongoing series called Things We Like, we’ll take a look at some interesting innovations in the design and flooring industry. In this post, we discuss an iPad app that gives designers and caregivers an in-depth look at some best practices for safe and comfortable design for people living with Alzheimer’s.

There are always special considerations to take into account when designing a home or living space. That is especially true when designing for people that need support throughout their home – be it for those with limited mobility in senior living communities, or those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

In an effort to help caregivers better understand the challenges facing those living with dementia, Alzheimer’s Australia recently developed an iPad app, The Dementia-Friendly Home. For patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia, even familiar surroundings can become confusing. That fact, coupled with heightened anxiety they may feel, means it’s vitally important that their living space is as welcoming as possible.

The Dementia-Friendly Home works to help caregivers look at their house from a practical design perspective and to provide solutions throughout the home. Through its easy-to-use interface, users are able to make simple changes to their virtual home that will make the living space safer, more comfortable, and provide a familiar a space.

Through the app, the user is able to “walk” through a virtual house and make alterations at various points. Users can make adjustments to things like the floor color or appliances. At each point, the app describes the challenge a person living with dementia might encounter, and how to best overcome them using a variety of design elements.

These tips include pure design decisions like pairing darker flooring with white walls to help create a clear sense of space. Or they skew towards more practical changes such as moving the stove top knobs to the front or replacing light switches with green and red “on” and “off” labels.

The goal of the app is to not only provide caregivers with simple improvements they can institute in their own homes, but teach them why those updates are important. By following the app’s suggestions, a caregiver can create a home that is as inviting as it is safe.

With our extensive range of flooring solutions, we’re able to help you design a living space that fits your needs. To learn more about how Philadelphia Commercial can create a comfortable and safe living space, visit our online catalog or email us at philadelphia-commercial@philadelphia.commercial.com.

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