Introducing a designing attitude in dementia care

Jakob, Anke, Treadaway, Cathy, Collier, Lesley and Fowler, Fiona (2017) Introducing a designing attitude in dementia care. In: Cumulus REDO Conference; 30 May - 02 Jun 2017, Aalto, Finland.

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This paper discusses how design can enhance the wellbeing of people living with dementia, their carers and caregivers. It refers to two examples of recent design research that focus on supporting the provision and facilitation of appropriate activities and environments for individuals with advanced dementia in residential care. The projects use interdisciplinary co-design approaches and ethnographic methods to establish new knowledge and develop user-centred design solutions to improve care. Questioning how to REDO design research to create a sustainable impact on the lives of those affected by dementia, the paper concludes that active involvement and continued participation of users, carers and care practitioners in the design process is essential. Training on design skills and making will enable carers to adapt a designing attitude. Exploring how such training can be delivered is a chance for the design community, in collaboration with experts from health care, to take the lead in solving this problem.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: Cumulus REDO Conference
Additional Information: Published in: Bang, Anne Louise, Mikkelsen, Mette and Flinck, Anette (eds.) Cumulus REDO Conference Proceedings. Aalto Cumulus. pp. 502-509. ISBN 9788793416154.
Research Area: Art and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Design Research Centre
Depositing User: Anke Jakob
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 16:00
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 13:56

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