Design guidance

A toolkit from Dimensions aims to help health centres adapt to the needs of people with dementia, among other conditions.  The “Designing for Everyone” kit forms part of Dimensions’ #MyGPandMe health equality campaign and will help GP practices to improve the design and physical environment of their buildings.  Commissioned by primary care building specialists Assura, the research-based toolkit was written by the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies.  Among the research findings on which the toolkit is based are that only 22% of respondents felt independent in health centres and almost half felt worried, particularly in relation to décor, lighting, noise levels and waiting room layout.  The toolkit is available at dimensions-uk.org.