As designers, researchers, care deliverers, care receivers, and people living with dementia we have come to understand that good design for people living with dementia entails respecting their dignity, autonomy, independence, equality of opportunity, and non-discrimination.
In pursuit of these goals, we value projects and designs that:
• Consider the holistic wellbeing of the individual, community, and environment
• Are authentically co-designed with people living with dementia
• Enable people living with dementia to choose to remain in their communities and with
• Maximise intergenerational interactions
• Focus on the strengths and abilities of people living with dementia while compensating
for functional changes
• Accentuate the freedom of people living with dementia to make choices
• Assist people living with dementia to maintain their culture
• Are informed by evidence and research
These values are supported when design and planning of the built environment respond to the following evidence-based principles
• Begin each project by developing a vision for a dignified way of life for people living
• Where safety measures are agreed to be appropriate, design them to be as unobtrusive
• Design the environment to reflect a human scale.
• Plan the environment to make it easy for people to see and move where they want to
• Optimise stimulation.
• Promote movement, engagement, and meaningfulness.
• Afford people opportunities to enjoy contact with nature
• Design all components of the environment to be as familiar as possible.
• Afford people opportunities to choose to be alone or with various size groups of
• Provide easy access and connection to and from local communities, families, and
October 2021 revision
The Design Dignity Dementia Team: Richard Fleming, John Zeisel, Kirsty Bennett, Jan
Golembiewski, Kate Swaffer, and Lynda Henderson.
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