BRE's dementia friendly home

BRE and Loughborough University have completed the first phase of a new ‘dementia-friendly’ demonstration home at BRE’s Watford Innovation Park. 

The intention is to educate housebuilders, carers and relatives on how to better support those who live with dementia. 

The design principles include:

  • Clear lines of sight and colour-coded paths through the home that help guide people towards each specific room
  • Increased natural lighting, which is proven to help people stay alert during the day and to sleep better at night
  • Automatically controlled natural ventilation to provide good indoor air quality
  • Noise reduction features, to reduce stress
  • Simple switches and heating controls, and safety sensors in high risk areas such as the kitchen
  • Homely, simple and familiar interior design to help promote rest and relaxation

You can read more here.