Affordable enhancements to dementia care environments
By DAVID DUCKWORTH, senior divisional director, Scurr & Partners
The future of dementia care is debated in considerable detail around the country, indeed across the globe, at conferences, in journals and magazines, within government, care organisations, care providers and care associations. Much of this debate focuses on the quality of the environment and its impact on the care for residents with dementia. However most current debate around these areas is based on the premise that new accommodation will be provided.
What can be done with the current supply of nursing and caring environments that provide accommodation for residents with dementia? Are they to be written off as historic failures that need to be effectively bulldozed and replaced? In the current economic climate can we afford the loss of accommodation without sight of the finance for replacement? Maybe we need to spend some time to look at how we can enhance our existing facilities to improve the environment for residents with dementia.
Here are nine suggestions for alterations and enhanceme