[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 12, July 2012].
This checklist for developing dementia friendly environments at the housing level offers a list of useful points to consider when designing dementia friendly communities. It summarises the main design principles set out in the Housing LIN Viewpoint No.25 “Breaking New Ground: The Quest for Dementia Friendly Communities” report from the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN). Some of the main topic areas include:
- Familiar environments.
- Legible environments.
- Distinctive environments.
- Accessible environments.
- Safe environments.
- Comfortable environments.
The editor of this checklist intends it to be a catalyst for developing the robust evidence-base required for the housing with care field. The Housing LIN and its members are engaged in planning, designing and delivering housing suitable for older people with dementia.
Porteus, J. [ed.] (2012). At a glance: a checklist for developing dementia friendly communities. London: Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN), June 2012.