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Buildings 2018, 8(5), 67; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8050067

Design Lessons from Three Australian Dementia Support Facilities

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Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia
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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Group, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia
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Received: 30 March 2018 / Revised: 30 April 2018 / Accepted: 4 May 2018 / Published: 7 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human Factors in Green Building)
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There is a significant increase in the number of people with dementia, and the demand for residential support facilities is expected to increase. Providing an appropriate living environment for residents with dementia, which can cater for their specific needs is crucial. Residential aged care design can impact the quality of life and wellbeing of the residents. In this investigation, three recently constructed dementia support facilities in Victoria, Australia are selected for evaluation. Through fieldwork observation, design evaluation and space syntax analysis, the aim of this investigation is to consider the design of these three facilities in the context of current evidence on how the built environment can best accommodate residents with dementia. View Full-Text
Keywords: design for dementia; dementia-friendly; design evaluation; dementia support facilities; residential aged care; built environment; space syntax; wayfinding; behavior cues; orientation cues design for dementia; dementia-friendly; design evaluation; dementia support facilities; residential aged care; built environment; space syntax; wayfinding; behavior cues; orientation cues
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Chau, H.-W.; Newton, C.; Woo, C.M.M.; Ma, N.; Wang, J.; Aye, L. Design Lessons from Three Australian Dementia Support Facilities. Buildings 2018, 8, 67.

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