Designing a multicultural Dementia home; the practicalities
“During my visits to three different culturally adapted care homes for dementia patients, I had the chance to observe and see if the suggested solutions were in place. All four of the homes had culture specific living rooms with objects and fabrics that originated from the culture of the inhabitants. Two of the homes had a closed kitchen and two had a flexible religious space where different religions could be practised. One care home had a large central space with a supermarket, restaurant and a café. Nevertheless, the architectural expression, both exterior as well as interior, of all four was clinical and relatively standard.
This is the first main limitation of applying the changes suggested; they are a separate layer poured on top of an institutional type of architecture which does not approach the vulnerable user group in a sensitive way. They are limited to pragmatic and practical issues. By setting these solutions the architecture is allowed to fit the criteria without being truly adjusted. Although simple adjustments to the existing care homes should be encouraged, as adapting a building is often more realistic than building a new one, they lack a sense of depth for creating dementia friendly spaces.”
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