Alzheimer’s Australia, Bentley
Health and aged care, Retirement living
Centre for Excellence in Dementia Care
Architecture and interior design
Alzheimer's Australia (WA)
2012 - unbuilt
The Centre for Excellence in Dementia Care is a focal point for research and education into better models of living for dementia sufferers and their carers. This multi-faceted facility recognises that improving outcomes for the aged requires a holistic approach that places equal importance on the needs of both patients and carers. It includes office headquarters, education facilities, a day centre, respite accommodation, and a ‘smart house’ demonstrating how to make living spaces dementia-friendly.
The Centre’s design reflects current best-practice as defined by the principles of Person-Centred Care and the Eden Alternative. These empowering philosophies centre on human dignity and respect, and aim to improve the lives of both the aged and their carers by addressing loneliness, helplessness and boredom. Fundamental to this is a move away from the clinical to an environment that fosters constant interaction with people, animals, children and the natural world.
In response, the Centre is designed as a series of naturally lit and ventilated zones grouped around accessible courtyards and gardens. The building maintains a ‘homely’ feel through its scale, use of timber, and familiar and varied furnishings. Colour, finishes and lighting are specified to assist with spatial perception. A ‘memory wall’ for placing objects of remembrance is set with window seats and provides an area for contemplation, whilst various zones within the Centre provide opportunities for stimulating, meaningful activity and personal interaction.
The result is a facility which sets a new benchmark in dementia care.
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