De­sign­ing homes for de­men­tia


Care­fully thought-out de­sign can pos­i­tively im­pact peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia.

Blair Keenan is the New Zealand prin­ci­pal at March­ese Part­ners, which is lead­ing the way in de­sign­ing spa­ces that are cen­tred around peo­ple with cog­ni­tive im­pair­ments.

He wants to change the de­sign of aged-care fa­cil­i­ties in New Zealand and make sure the coun­try is not left be­hind.

Keenan says the coun­try needs to lift its game when it comes to de­sign­ing en­vi­ron­ments that cater for peo­ple with de­men­tia and cog­ni­tive loss.

‘‘There are not a lot of places that I would want to put my mum and dad or my­self into,’’ he says.

De­men­tia, in­clud­ing Alzheimer’s, re­mains one of the big­gest global public health chal­lenges fac­ing this gen­er­a­tion.

With around 15,000 peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in the Auck­land re­gion, this num­ber is ex­pected to double in the next 15 to 20 years and spe­cialised care is es­sen­tial.

Alzheimer’s Auck­land pro­vides a wide range of ser­vices and sup­port across the re­gion and is hold­ing a sym­po­sium on Au­gust 28 to those sup­port­ing or work­ing with peo­ple who have de­men­tia.

Keenan will be speak­ing at the event to show­case the Es­prit de Vie phi­los­o­phy that March­ese is ap­ply­ing in the de­sign of aged care and se­niors liv­ing.

‘‘It’s sim­ple things through­out such as fin­ishes, ma­te­ri­als and ac­ces­si­bil­ity,’’ he says.

‘‘By us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of de­sign in­no­va­tion and hu­man sen­si­tiv­ity we hope to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion of en­vi­ron­ments that fa­cil­i­tate and en­gen­der well­be­ing for se­niors.’’

March­ese is al­ready build­ing award-win­ning and pur­pose-built fa­cil­i­ties across the globe which cre­ate choice, in­de­pen­dence, dig­nity and re­spect for those to­wards the end of their lives.

Keenan says it’s all about cre­at­ing a fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment and ig­nit­ing old mem­o­ries to de­crease anx­i­ety and frus­tra­tions.

Other speak­ers in­clud­ing psy­chi­a­trist Dr Gary Che­ung will also be at the sym­po­sium.

The Alzheimer’s Sym­po­sium will be held on Au­gust 28 at the Waipuna Ho­tel and Con­fer­ence Centre in Mt Welling­ton. Cost is by do­na­tion to Alzheimer’s Auck­land.

Email to reg­is­ter and for more in­for­ma­tion by Au­gust 24.

Water­brook in Syd­ney in­cludes 79 in­de­pen­dent liv­ing units with 1200sqm of fa­cil­i­ties.

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