Designing Activity Space for Dementia Patients

Project

Our Community Partner
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital

Our Faculty Members
Assistant Professor Agnes Xue
Design and Specialised Businesses Cluster

Associate Professor May Lim
Health and Social Sciences Cluster

Glasgow School of Arts (GSA) Faculty Member
Mr Lee Seung-Ho

Background

Dementia is the loss of intellectual abilities (such as thinking, remembering and reasoning) which interfere with a person’s daily functioning. It is not a disease in itself, but rather a group of symptoms that may accompany certain diseases. As a result, the mental abilities of the person with dementia declines. This leads to failing memory, deterioration of intellectual function and personality changes. There is no definitive cure for dementia as the exact causes are unclear. However, it is possible to minimise some of the common symptoms with medication, in addition to patient-centered care. Therapies such as reality orientation and reminiscence also help to manage some of these symptoms. The occupational therapists carry out activities of daily living training for the elderly to encourage independence within the community as well as in nursing homes for residing patients.

Challenges
  • Achieving person centered care for patients suffering from dementia.
  • Designing appropriate activity / therapy spaces that can stimulate the senses while considering user experiences, nostalgia, sustainability and fittings, as well as accessibility and patient safety.
Key Innovation
  • Various elderly-friendly features within different themes to make the activity spaces assuring, welcoming and conducive to optimise therapeutic effects for the elderly users.