Environmental interventions and the design of homes for older adults with dementia : an overview

J. Hoof, van, H.S.M. Kort, H. Waarde, van, M.M. Blom

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Abstract

In Western societies, the vast majority of people with dementia live at home and wish to remain doing so for as long as possible. Aging in place can be facilitated through a variety of environmental interventions, including home modifications. This article provides an overview of existing design principles and design goals, and environmental interventions implemented at home, based on literature study and additional focus group sessions. There is a multitude of design principles, design goals, and environmental interventions available to assist with activities of daily living and functions, although few systematic studies have been conducted on the efficacy of these goals and interventions. The own home seems to be a largely ignored territory in research and government policies, which implies that many problems concerning aging in place and environmental interventions for dementia are not adequately dealt with.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-232
Number of pages31
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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