Title: Designing interiors for people with dementia
Author: Liz Fuggle
Publisher: University of Stirling
Reviewer: Nigel Jopson
What was it like?
This book looks at all aspects of interior design as well as fixtures and fittings. It also covers architectural features where they may impact on the interior of the building. It also looks at some advice that has been generally given and whether that advice is sound and useful and in some cases says that it is contraindicated by research. It does not just launch into what to do but gives a good background to what has been done in the past and why that is or isn’t the best way to do it.
What were the highlights?
The book shows real situations and how they can be improved rather than purely looking at the best way to do things at the design stage. This makes it useful for existing homes and the approach of doing a little at a time rather than full scale re-designs makes it relevant for all places. Some of the ideas given are already in use in many places but to get the reasoning behind them is useful and will be a good tool for staff to present to managers to persuade them to spend money!
Strengths & weaknesses:
I liked the way that explanations were given about the reasoning behind suggestions and the use of real places and what is wrong with them. The questions to ask yourself in 2.1 were useful and challenging. The illustrations showing before after and development of areas and the reasons were useful.
It was unfortunate that there was a good explanation about the use of frames and the reasons for using them, which was on the same page as an unframed painting specially commissioned for a care home.
Reading this book has shown me ways that interiors can be improved and there are many things I will now be looking at again
Who should read it?
This book is an essential tool for everybody working with people with dementia. It gives good ideas about what to do ,and not to do, as well as the ways you can make it happen. There are good references, which may make it useful to students at all levels as well as those looking to implement ideas. There is good advice on how to get support and does not finish there but also shows how to record and get awards and gives an invitation to contact the Dementia Services Development Centre for advice