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Designing Mental Health Units for Older People

Designing Mental Health Units for Older People

Paperback by Marshall, Mary

Designing Mental Health Units for Older People


Publication Date:
30 Apr 2014
University of Stirling, Dementia Services Development Centre
32 pages
For delivery:
Estimated despatch 18 Jul 2024
Designing Mental Health Units for Older People


There will be a delay in supplying University of Stirling Dementia Centre titles at the moment as the building where the books are stored / despatched from is locked-down now. We will send as soon as we are able.

Dementia-friendly design is now seen as one of a set of non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia. Therefore, any setting for people with dementia should be dementia-friendly to optimise the treatment outcomes from all interventions, especially other non-pharmacological interventions such as activity and exercise. There is an increasing amount of research evidence about the positive impact of dementia-friendly design features. Much of the research and guidance literature relates to care homes (nursing, residential, assisted living) and relatively little to hospital wards but there is no reason to think that design features have a different degree of importance depending on their setting. This guide intends to redress this balance by focusing on the complex combination of physical, sensory, cognitive and perceptual impairments experienced by many people with dementia who find themselves in mental health units for older people. Please note that the language used in DSDC publications is correct at the time of print; recommendations for dementia friendly language is updated on a regular basis and therefore from time to time some language in DSDC publications may be out of date. If you would like to read more about dementia friendly language, you can read the DSDC blog at called If you don't have anything nice to say.

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