How much do we really know and understand about living with dementia and how we can better design physical environments for residents with dementia? A team of senior living experts tackled this issue head on by living in memory care residences in a variety of different communities across the country, using equipment to simulate the behaviors of a person with mid-level cognitive decline.
Speakers Amy Carpenter and Melissa Pritchard came as close as possible to “walking in the resident’s shoes.” They will share their real-life experiences and explain how the environment and operations affect elders with dementia. Attendees will hear why sometimes what we typically call “negative behaviors” aren’t really what they seem.
Learn from this unusual research project and explore the perceptions and findings of these brave designers. They will discuss how the design of the environment can support or challenge the resident and provide practical advice on what facility owners can do to improve an existing community or include in a future design project.
- Summarize ways enviornmental and operational factors can affect dementia residents
- Discuss design elements that can be incorporated into a new or existing facility
- Explain why "negative behaviors" aren't really what they seem
- List practical takeaways for applying these design principles to future projects
*This program is pending approval by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. For additional information, contact NAB at 1444 I St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-2210, (202)712-9040, or http://www.nabweb.org*