Dementia Friendly Bedroom Furniture

Making individual rooms more dementia friendly – whether they are in a care home or nursing home environment as well as in peoples own homes, can make a really big difference to dementia sufferers… Below is an example of a dementia suffers bedroom and the key points in making it more user friendly;

Key Points:

  1. Arrange personal photographs, pictures, furniture and ornaments around the room to make it feel more homely as well as aid memory stimulation. Position pictures so that the base of the frame is 1.2m above the finished floor level.
  2. As a guide, colours of floor surfaces, walls, doors, skirtings, architraves and ceiling should be 30 LRV (light reflectance value) apart as this provides good visual contrast that helps with way-finding. Furthermore, try to avoid large patterned carpets and wallpapers.
  3. Personal furnishings for example bedspreads and cushions should be used so long as they are not causing confusion for the resident (they can always be removed at a later date).
  4. Ensure any mirrors in the room can be removed easily.
  5. Arrange personal photographs, pictures, furniture and ornaments around the room to make it feel more homely as well as aid memory stimulation. Position pictures so that the base of the frame is 1.2m above the finished floor level.
  6. Attach labels containing both text and images to drawers to help the resident find what they need without assistance.
  7. Provide a wardrobe with open or glazed sections to enable the resident to see their clothes – Glazing should be non-reflective. If a motion sensor light is used, consider the position of the wardrobe to avoid unnecessary activation.
  8. As a guide, colours of floor surfaces, walls, doors, skirtings, architraves and ceiling should be 30 LRV (light reflectance value) apart as this provides good visual contrast that helps with way-finding. Furthermore, try to avoid large patterned carpets and wallpapers.
  9. Ensure sockets and light switch plates contrast to the surrounding wall colour by a light reflectance value of 30. And make sure all outlets are mounted at a suitable height for use by elderly residents.
  10. Attach a free swing door closer to ensure the door is easy opening whilst at the same time offers safe operation in case of fire.
  11. Position a traditional pendant light fitting in the centre of the room in addition to discreet supplementary lighting – including emergency lighting, to achieve minimum lighting (aiming for a min lighting level of 200 lux).
  12. Traditional heating systems can be used as these offer familiarity, however, consider under-floor heating as this would increase usable floor area. All radiators must have a low surface temperature.
  13. Ensure sockets and light switch plates contrast to the surrounding wall colour by a light reflectance value of 30. And make sure all outlets are mounted at a suitable height for use by elderly residents.
  14. As a guide, colours of floor surfaces, walls, doors, skirtings, architraves and ceiling should be 30 LRV (light reflectance value) apart as this provides good visual contrast that helps with way-finding. Furthermore, try to avoid large patterned carpets and wallpapers.
  15. Design the rooms’ layout so that the WC / bathroom can be seen from both siting and laying in bed positions.
  16. Personal furnishings for example bedspreads and cushions should be used so long as they are not causing confusion for the resident (they can always be removed at a later date).
  17. Arrange personal photographs, pictures, furniture and ornaments around the room to make it feel more homely as well as aid memory stimulation. Position pictures so that the base of the frame is 1.2m above the finished floor level.
  18. Place a traditional style light on the bedside for additional localised lighting (ensuring that the minimum light level for a bedroom of 200 lux is achieved).
  19. To create a more domestic feeling to the room provide coving to the ceiling.
  20. Arrange personal photographs, pictures, furniture and ornaments around the room to make it feel more homely as well as aid memory stimulation. Position pictures so that the base of the frame is 1.2m above the finished floor level.
  21. Let residents look after a plant in their room as this provides therapeutic benefits. Ensure plant is non-poisonous and does have thorns etc.

Our specialist furniture has been designed to fulfil the daily requirements of end users in hospital, home and challenging behaviour settings.

N.B.

LRV = “Light Reflectance Value” – a measure of the percentage and useable light reflected from a surface when illuminated by a light source.

FFL = “Finished Floor Level”

LUX = The unit of illuminance and luminous emittance – the measurement of luminous flux per unit area.

Dementia Friendly Lounge Furniture

Making individual rooms more dementia friendly – whether they are in a care home or nursing home environment as well as in peoples own homes, can make a really big difference to dementia sufferers. Below is an example of a dementia suffers lounge and the key points in making it more user friendly;

Key Points:

  1. Watching fish is engaging and provides residents with a different focal point to the TV. However, access may need to be restricted to prevent overfeeding.
  2. To create a more domestic feeling to the room provide coving to the ceiling.
  3. Ensure TV can be seen easily by residents in the room, without being the main focal point of the room. TV remote controls should be easy to hold and have large, clear buttons. Where possible, provide an alternative quiet room with no TV.
  4. As a guide, colours of floor surfaces, walls, doors, skirtings, architraves and ceiling should be 30 LRV (light reflectance value) apart as this provides good visual contrast that helps with way-finding. Furthermore, try to avoid large patterned carpets and wallpapers.
  5. Ensure curtains and tracts extend further than the window reveal so that the curtains do not obstruct any light. Avoid large patterned curtain fabrics.
  6. Pelmets offer a traditional domestic feel to a room but care should be taken to ensure they do not overhang the window and reduce light.
  7. Handles should be easy to grip and contrasting to external door. Mount door handles at around 1m high.
  8. Windows with low sills greatly improves the view to external spaces. Make sure these windows are not obstructed externally by large bushes etc.
  9. Ensure the route is level and there is no alteration in light reflectance value (LFV) / colour between external paving and internal floor finishes.
  10. Use specific door colours when several rooms open into the same external space, this will help residents with way-finding. And, contrast the door colours with surrounding window frame colours as this will assist residents in locating the door within the glazing.
  11. Provide large window areas with high heads and low sills in order to maximise daylight and minimise the dependency on artificial light.
  12. Provide a range of furniture, for example chairs of different heights and depths, to accommodate the needs of different residents.
  13. Use blinds to protect residents against glare when necessary.
  14. Additional plug in table and / or floor lights provide increased lighting for specific tasks. Care should be taken to ensure there are no trailing leads.
  15. A “safe” central heating operated fireplace provides a traditional focus to the room.
  16. Choose age appropriate pictures for a more homely feel and pictures that reflect the local area to provide memory stimulation. Pictures should be displayed behind non-reflective anti-glare acrylic glazing. Position pictures so that the base of the frame is 1.2m above the finished floor level.
  17. Wall uplighters improve the look and feel of the room by illuminating the ceiling and providing reflective light throughout.
  18. Providing alternative activities including a radio, reading books, games or jigsaws may help boost stimulation and aid memory. Ensure appropriate furniture is available to play on.
  19. For the room to feel homely furniture should be traditional and domestic in scale with easy to grip, well contrasting handles.

Our Specialist Dementia Furniture has been designed to fulfil the daily requirements of end users in hospital, home and challenging behaviour settings.

N.B.

LRV = “Light Reflectance Value” – a measure of the percentage and useable light reflected from a surface when illuminated by a light source.

FFL = “Finished Floor Level”

LUX = The unit of illuminance and luminous emittance – the measurement of luminous flux per unit area.

Dementia Friendly Dining Furniture

Making individual rooms more dementia friendly – whether they are in a care home or nursing home environment as well as in peoples own homes, can make a really big difference to dementia sufferers. Below is an example of a dementia suffers dining room and the key points in making it more user friendly;

Key Points:

  1. To create a more domestic feeling to the room provide coving to the ceiling.
  2. Ensure any floor material changes have transition stripes that match the floor colour. Different floor materials should have matching LRV’s (light reflectance values) or colours.
  3. As a guide, colours of floor surfaces, walls, doors, skirtings, architraves and ceiling should be 30 LRV (light reflectance value) apart as this provides good visual contrast that helps with way-finding. Furthermore, try to avoid large patterned carpets and wallpapers.
  4. Ensure curtains and tracts extend further than the window reveal so that the curtains do not obstruct any light. Avoid large patterned curtain fabrics.
  5. Provide a flexible, removable screen that can easily be used to allow people to eat discreetly maintaining a residents’ dignity with extra privacy.
  6. Provide large window areas with high heads and low sills in order to maximise daylight and minimise the dependency on artificial light.
  7. Windows with low sills greatly improves the view to external spaces. Make sure these windows are not obstructed externally by large bushes etc.
  8. Provide sturdy tables that will support residents leaning on them. Tables need to be high enough to clear chair arms and have rounded corners to reduce injury from collision. Round tables offer more seating flexibility, however square tables can be put together more easily for bigger group functions.
  9. Handles should be easy to grip and contrasting to external door. Mount door handles at around 1m high.
  10. Use specific door colours when several rooms open into the same external space, this will help residents with way-finding. And, contrast the door colours with surrounding window frame colours as this will assist residents in locating the door within the glazing.
  11. Arrange tables in a way that encourage staff and resident interaction; preferably with extra chairs to enable staff to eat at the same time as residents.
  12. Use blinds to protect residents against glare when necessary.
  13. Wall uplighters improve the look and feel of the room by illuminating the ceiling and providing reflective light throughout.
  14. Fixing chandelier style lights with multiple lamps will help to provide a uniform light level throughout the room. Ensure 300 lux is provided at task locations. Lights near windows should be controlled with daylight sensors – turning off when surplus to requirements.
  15. Attach labels to cupboards and drawers which are for residents use. This may assist residents to locate correct items. In this instance it also encourages ordinary activities of daily living.
  16. Provide chairs with seats that contrast clearly to the floor colour; with arms to aid mobility; that are easy to move over floor finish (sliders/skis below the legs help on carpet).
  17. For the room to feel homely furniture should be traditional and domestic in scale with easy to grip, well contrasting handles.
  18. Additional plug in table and / or floor lights provide increased lighting for specific tasks. Care should be taken to ensure there are no trailing leads.
  19. Choose age appropriate pictures for a more homely feel and pictures that reflect the local area to provide memory stimulation. Pictures should be displayed behind non-reflective anti-glare acrylic glazing. Position pictures so that the base of the frame is 1.2m above the finished floor level.
  20. Position a toilet as close to the dining room as possible. Ensure the WC is clearly signed with the bottom of the sign 1.2m above FFL. The toilet must comply with any relevant legislation. Negative pressure and careful ventilation will help keep bad smalls away from the eating area.

Our specialist Dementia Care Furniture has been designed to fulfil the daily requirements of end users in hospital, home and challenging behaviour settings – to find out more visit our website Furniture-For….

N.B.

LRV = “Light Reflectance Value” – a measure of the percentage and useable light reflected from a surface when illuminated by a light source.

FFL = “Finished Floor Level”

LUX = The unit of illuminance and luminous emittance – the measurement of luminous flux per unit area.