Sensory enrichment for people living with dementia : increasing the benefits of multisensory environments in dementia care through design

Jakob, Anke and Collier, Lesley (2017) Sensory enrichment for people living with dementia : increasing the benefits of multisensory environments in dementia care through design. Design for Health, 1(1), pp. 115-133. ISSN (print) 2473-5132

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Abstract

Recent research has investigated the impact of design on providing multisensory experience for people with dementia living in care homes, particularly the quality of multisensory environments (MSEs). This interdisciplinary research evolved from a broad consideration of the role of design in dementia care enhancing the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their carers. Previous research suggests that using MSE in dementia care as a resource for meaningful engagement has beneficial effects and many MSEs have been installed in UK care homes. However, evidence indicates that these spaces often fail to benefit the residents causing staff becoming discouraged and subsequently the room becoming unused. A study investigating the current facilitation of MSE in sixteen UK care homes revealed two key issues: (1) set-up and design of existing MSEs in care environments is, in most cases, not suitable for older people; (2) there is a lack of knowledge and information for care practitioners for facilitating sensory activities and environments. Based on these findings, design criteria improving usability and accessibility for people with dementia were established and user-centred design recommendations developed. As a first step towards closing the knowledge gap amongst healthcare practitioners in providing multisensory experience, initial design guidelines were published as an online resource.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The research was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council UK (AHRC) grant nos. AH/K003135/1.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dementia, design, multisensory environment (MSE), multisensory experience, care home, user-centred, interdisciplinary
Research Area: Architecture and the built environment
Art and design
Health services research
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Design Research Centre
Depositing User: Anke Jakob
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2017 15:18
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2018 08:38
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/24735132.2017.1296274
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/37834

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