Improving the experience and benefits of Multi Sensory Environments for people with dementia: the role of design

Jakob, Anke and Collier, Lesley (2014) Improving the experience and benefits of Multi Sensory Environments for people with dementia: the role of design. In: 9th UK Dementia Congress; 10-12 Nov 2014, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This interdisciplinary research critically investigated the design qualities of multisensory stimulation offered in homes caring for residents with dementia. The aesthetic and functional qualities currently provided such as material, colour, imagery, spatial set-up, usability, and accessibility were examined and reasons and criteria for success and failure of existing multisensory environment (MSE) facilities established. 16 care homes with some type of MSE participated in a study. Data were collected through structured interviews with 32 care home staff (managers, activity co-ordinators, care staff) familiar with the MSE and observations were made of the point of view of the person with dementia. Design recommendations have been developed and presented in a guide book accessible online. The guide gives advice on best practice of providing multisensory stimulation and how to design a MSE suitable and appropriate for people with dementia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: 9th UK Dementia Congress
Organising Body: Journal of Dementia Care
Research Area: Art and design
Health services research
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture > Design Research Centre
Depositing User: Anke Jakob
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 16:26
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 11:09
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/29966

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