Earlier this week we showcased the work that was undertaken on Denison House – a residential dementia care home in North Yorkshire. Denison House benefited from a significant refurbishment, which included the introduction of a new colour scheme to rooms and communal areas.
The chosen colours were taken from a recognised dementia palette and were introduced to help residents better identify rooms and key areas of their home. Alterations such as these not only make a significant difference to the residents of Denison House, they also demonstrate how carefully considered adjustments can aid the everyday life of a person living with dementia.
Before the refurbishment (left) and after the refurbishment (right).
Dementia is a term used to describe a range of conditions which affect the brain and can lead to problems with memory loss, language, understanding, judgement, mood, movement, thinking speed, and mental sharpness/quickness. Dementia can also create difficulties in carrying out daily activities.
In the UK, over 815,827 people are currently living with dementia and this figure is set to increase considerably over the coming years. By 2057, the number of people diagnosed with dementia is expected to rise by 156%, so it is important to create a greater awareness of the impact dementia has on an individual’s life.
Did you know?
- There are several types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common
- The average age group of people living with dementia is 85-89 years of age
- At present there is no cure for dementia, but if diagnosed early the onset of dementia can be slowed
As dementia affects mental abilities, maintaining independence can be difficult, which is why homes such as Denison House are vital for providing support to vulnerable people. This was an important scheme for Fairhome to be involved with and one which we believe creates a lasting impact.