1st Edition

Design for Dementia Living Well at Home

    272 Pages 140 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 140 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Design for Dementia is written by an interdisciplinary team of professionals and academics whose aim is to present lessons learnt from the Dementia Demonstration House at the Building Research Establishment’s Innovation Park. Known as Chris and Sally’s House, the project represents a unique opportunity to show in practice what can be done to assist people living with dementia to continue to live at home and as part of the community with as much independence as possible. This book presents evidence based practical design guidance backed up by over 15 combined years of research by experienced professional designers.

    Beginning with an introduction which provides the background to the global dementia epidemic to allow readers to gain a better understanding of the issues they must consider, the book then discusses how good design principles, planning and construction standards can be used to effectively respond to the dementia crisis. The detailed findings from research using Chris and Sally’s House are presented and discussed, along with practical examples and success stories ranging from simple design features to the more complex use of sensors and automated ventilation.

    The hope is that readers can apply the lessons learnt from Chris and Sally’s House to successfully integrate solutions into the design of new or refurbished housing for the elderly and also that the tools and insights shared will inform the wider context of good housing design, as well as the spectrum of constraints and design standards which often apply. This book is important reading for architects, designers, engineers and project managers, but also anyone with an interest in learning about practical solutions to aid those with dementia to live well at home.

    1. Introduction: The UK and Global Picture

    2. The Impact of the Dementia Epidemic

    3. The Medical Background of Dementia

    4.Personal Experiences of Dementia

    5. Engagement and Participation in the Dementia Community

    6. Personas and the Evidence Base of Dementia-Inclusive Design

    7.  Case Study – Chris and Sally’s House

    8. Indoor Environmental Quality Studies

    9. Post-Occupancy Evaluation

    10. Design Guidance

    11. The Way Forward


    Bill Halsall is an architect and landscape architect, as well as the co-founder of Halsall Lloyd Partnership. He has carried out research into ‘Design for Dementia’; engaging with people living with dementia, their carers, medical and academic professionals, co-authoring three publications and presenting at over 20 events. He is the architect of Chris and Sally’s House and has developed dementia design principles and best practice applications to guide new build and refurbishment projects and the design of the built environment for all.

    Mike Riley is Professor of Building Surveying and Director of the School of the Built Environment at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, and has more than 30 years’ experience in Construction and Property education and practice. He is a consultant to several national organizations in the UK and internationally. He is also author of numerous books in the field of Construction Technology and Sustainability and he has published many academic papers in the areas as well presenting addresses to prestigious international conferences.

    Eef Hogervorst is Professor of Biological Psychology and Director of Dementia Research at Loughborough University, UK. Previously she worked as a dementia researcher at Oxford and Cambridge University, having done her PhD at Maastricht University. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, edited several dementia-related books and obtained over £10M funding for her research with collaborators. Eef is often invited for keynotes and public lectures to discuss her work.