Dementia can limit a person’s ability to comprehend present time, understand place, remember recent past experiences, and complete normal daily tasks.
Whilst administration of physical needs and satisfaction is clearly the role of aged care, significant emphasis needs to be placed on social behavioural aspects also.
The environment can have a significant, positive and healing effect on the person suffering from dementia. The introduction of architectural elements that provide sense of place and legibility of form through visual cues can create a healing environment.
This thesis will outline strategies for designing the built environment for people who suffer from dementia related illnesses.