Forbo Flooring Systems has launched a free new guide to help aid the creation of dementia-inclusive spaces and ensure the correct choice of floor coverings in care homes.
The Designing for Dementia brochure contains guidance on specifying floor coverings, including the do’s and don’ts, installation considerations, DSDC (Dementia Services Development Centre) ratings and more.
The number of people diagnosed with dementia in the UK continues to rise, with the Alzheimer’s Society predicting that almost 1.6 million individuals will suffer from the illness by 2040.
Forbo said that as we anticipate this alarming growth, it’s imperative that inclusive environments are designed for those with dementia, to help make their lives easier.
“Appropriately designed healthcare environments can help keep people safe from danger, such as the risk of falls which can have a devastating impact on an older person, with significant health repercussions; allowing the freedom and confidence to use their abilities to the fullest extent, in all things from the mundane to the creative; aiding memory in day-to-day living; and reinforcing personal identity,” the company explained.
Having been partnered with the DSDC, at the University of Stirling, since 2017, Forbo not only has a wealth of knowledge about dementia design, but more than 1000 of its products have been accredited across the DSDC rating system.
This rating system is based on the tonal contrast and pattern of products, which determines their suitability for use alongside other interior finishes and furniture elements as part of a dementia-inclusive design.
The order a free copy of the brochure, click here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and postal address.