LOOSE THE STIGMA
People suffering from Alzheimer’s experience the limitations of their disease everyday. Instead of focussing on their limitations, acknowledge what they can still experience and create space improves their quality of life. Be constructive in tone.
ENCOURAGE HUMAN ENCOUNTER
Create an environment that stimulates human interaction, a place where generations can meet. It contributes to a sense of belonging to society and has a positive effect on wellbeing.
INTEGRATE A PATHFINDER
Alzheimer patients often have difficulty finding their way and orientating through a space. Create a sensory pathfinder that can operate as a compass, relieving stress and anxiety.
ACCESS THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Create access to an attractive outdoor space, that celebrate flora and fauna as integral part of our natural surrounding. A place to wander and wonder.
CREATE ‘SOFT’ SAFETY
Safety is an essential condition in environments for vulnerable users. Yet simply locking doors, often leads to negative experience by patients. Instead, create different filters that maintain relative freedom to move within the complex.
ADDRESS ALL SENSES
taking all senses in account (sensory experiment -> which senses are most important?) sensory memory how to translate senses and experiences to architecture collectivity and individuality
MAKE IT VISIBLE
No more hiding, no more concealing, no more exiling, Alzheimer should be part of our everyday life…The visibility is essential.
RELATION TO PUBLIC
Introduce Alzheimer’s to everyday life by making parts of the institute public.
At the same time Alzheimer’s should also have their private space. The level of intervention should be controlled
ALL ARE EQUAL
No preconception, no hierarchy, no discrimination, we should treat Alzheimer’s as the way we want others to treat us.
BLEND INTO NATURE
As we put our feet on ground and breath a fresh air, we are always longing for the nature, why not blended into the nature?
Surround the patients with daylight. Vitamin D from the sun is good for everyones health.
MAINTAIN A SENSE OF FREEDOM
Let the patient spend time outside each day or at least get them fresh air. Give the patients the sense of freedom by giving them the space to walk around freely. If possible also let them go out.
MULTIPLE CHOICE ACTIVITES
Design the space for them which makes them undertake their own plans during the day. Create an environment that stimulates the people to actively participate in daily (living) activities. Provide activities.
LET THEM WATCH
Design the spaces so that the more observing patients can watch the more active undertaking patients.
PREVENT BORED TABLESETTING
The patients should live in a habitat where in they are tempted to not be mentally passive. Prevent them for sitting bored at a table without having anything to do.
STIMULATE INTERACTION AND PARTICIPATION
Turning nursing-homes inside out (now they are mostly turned inwards) stimulating participation of surrounding environment getting the disease out of isolation Alzheimer café kind of solutions
OPEN THE DIALOGUE
Caretakers, Daytime Activity Workers, Doctors, Patient, Friends and Family
FUTURE PROOF DESIGN
Aging of society will come and go, patients will come and go, taking different phases of the disease into account, taking different personalities in account, ‘Presentie Theorie’
RHYTHM OF THE DAY
Daylight is important to help set the body clock. It is what keeps our normal day and light rhythm. people with Alzheimer’s often turn night into day. Having good access to daylight will help keep the balance
MAKE IT DEAD OBVIOUS
Any of us have difficulties moments when we are trying to find our way around unfamiliar places. If you have Alzheimer’s it is even more difficult to work things out. Make it easy for a person with Alzheimer’s to work thing out. Make it dead obvious.
GO EASY ON THE EYES
Dementia patients are often older with sight impairments. Contrast in color or material to differentiate surfaces help them see better and recognize their environment.
CREATE AURAL FILTERS
Noise can be diabling for people who are confused. Declutter the auditory environment by amplify sound and reduce noise.
Do not forget the (informal) caretakers within the design for an Alzheimer’s habitat.
CELEBRATE THE VOYEUR
Voyeuristic elements within the design stimulate the playful aspect between the patients.
CREATE SOCIETAL INVOLVEMENT
Societal involvement is needed to make Alzheimer’s patients more visible.
STAGE THE PATIENT
Create a platform or stage for Alzheimer patients, they need to be seen, heard, and learned from. If communicating in the traditional way does not work, invest and experiment with other ways of expression. The design should stimulate the voice of the patient.
Rooms should be designed according to the types of Alzheimer’s Patients. (Wanderer, Zen-demented person, Balance Seeker)
TAKE IT SERIOUS
People suffering from Alzheimer’s experience loss of power in their life considering small and big decisions. Ask Alzheimer patients what they need and want and take their opinion serious, instead of projecting our own ideas on them.
GO BEYOND OBVIOUS
Explore what may be lay hidden. Design what may exist. Indicate what may be ignored
GET INTO THEIR WORLD
Think what they think, Feel what they feel, Experience what they experience. Understand the beauty of the other world.