Championing Dementia-Friendly Design Throughout the Construction Industry

Leanne Owen
This week is Dementia Awareness Week and I wanted to focus on my passion and dedication to championing dementia-friendly designs.

My passion for care and extra care, particularly raising awareness of how the construction industry can be more sympathetic to the needs of people living with dementia at all stages, is demonstrated in this short video.

Having trained at the University of Stirling's Dementia Design School, I work with clients to achieve dementia-friendly design features on a budget, proving that it doesn't always have to be an expensive solution, but quite often can be just a simple change to the environment which can significantly enhance the lives of people living with dementia.

Faithful+Gould work with universities and relevant bodies to carry out research and further understand and develop industry standards in the care and extra care markets. Dementia is at the forefront of this and with a growing number of people living with dementia being identified we recognise the importance of not just addressing issues with the buildings specifically for these people, but also addressing all public spaces they would come into contact with as they lead their lives from the very early stages of the illness.

Faithful+Gould has a team of trained 'Dementia Friends', who actively introduce design considerations into their projects across all public buildings. We work with our supply chain partners to promote this and build these objectives into design briefs at the outset of a project.

I work with clients to achieve dementia-friendly design features on a budget, proving that it doesn't always have to be an expensive solution...

My role as a 'Dementia Friend' has led me to look into training as a 'Dementia Champion' through the Dementia Friends organisation, an Alzheimer's Society initiative. I will soon be qualified to host training sessions for others and plan to offer this training not only to my peers within Faithful+Gould and the wider Atkins Group, but also throughout the Construction industry supply chain.

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