Moving the furniture can make a difference


Posted on December 1st, by editor in CT Extra. No Comments

Altering the layout of furniture in living areas in a care home can positively influence activity and social interactions in residents with dementia.

Altering the layout of furniture in living areas in a care home can positively influence activity and social interactions in residents with dementia.
 
These are the findings of a study by Dr Louise Ritchie from the University of Edinburgh, Dr Duncan Sim and Dr Edward Edgerton at the University of the West of Scotland which were presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in Glasgow on 6th May 2011.
 
The study was carried out with 85 residents across six dementia care homes. It involved a simple cost-free intervention which focused on moving furniture away from classically laid out designs (with chairs around the outside facing the middle) in living areas to smaller sections, which enabled the choice of different areas within the room for activ





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