Going into hospital can be a frightening and negative experience for anyone. For a person living with dementia, this is further exacerbated by the unfamiliarity and frenetic nature of the surroundings. These difficulties can lead to increased agitation, disorientation and distress as the person tries to process their new environment.
A team of NCAD design students worked with our staff and patients to consider how we could provide a more familiar feeling and comforting environment that enables and supports them during their hospital stay.
Working closely with the nurse leads,
the students carried out intensive research through observing on the wards,
and interviewing staff, patients and
They looked at best practice guidelines and reviewed successful case studies from abroad to come up with a series of simple, feasible and impactful adaptations to the ward each year.