Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Designing outdoor spaces for people with dementia

  • Comment

Title: Designing outdoor spaces for people with dementia

Authors: Annie Pollack and Mary Marshall

Publisher: University of Stirling

Reviewer: Nigel Jopson, home manager at Wispers Park care Centre, Surrey

What was it like?

This book looks at the way that space can be more usefully used when thinking about people with dementia. It gives background as to why outdoor spaces are essential and ways in which they can be better used.

There are many examples from around the world on ways in which outdoor spaces have been designed specifically for this purpose. The book is fascinating and brings together a lot of ideas that people have been using.


I did get some ideas and also reinforcement of things I have been introducing in different places. It is a shame in someways that it concentrates on original design and does not give enough information about small scale changes.

Nice to see activities and relatives also considered

What were the highlights? 

I found this book gave good information on how to consider outdoor spaces when designing new builds.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Strengths are that it does exactly what it says and looks at designs. I felt it might have been more useful to give smaller ideas that can be introduced to existing facilities that are trying to update

Who should read it?

I think this book will be useful, even essential, reading for companies designing new units. It should be on the bookshelf of architects, planners, CEOs and others involved so it can be used as a tool from the very start of planning new units.

For staff already in an existing unit it may have some use as a reference to adapt a few ideas.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.