Credit: HLP Architects

13 Aug 2019

Loughborough researchers develop Dementia-friendly home

Research from the University and BRE has helped in developing a demonstration home specifically designed to assist those with dementia. The house is now inspiring others to make changes to their own homes, as featured on the BBC.

With an ageing population and an increase in the number of people living with dementia (an expected 1 million in the UK by 2025), the project aims to allow people with dementia to live independently and with greater comfort in their home for longer.

The home has been designed by experts in the areas of architecture, smart technology, health and building performance.

The research findings show that the design of the home, based around concepts and technologies, can make life easier for those living with dementia. This includes altering the lighting, refining ventilation through automatic windows, improving access for mobility and using specific colours throughout the house.

The University has created a number of short films with actors to depict how the demonstration home has been adapted to meet the needs of people with different stages of dementia.

The project, generously supported by donors to the University, was presented in November 2018 and has been praised for its innovative approach towards tackling the need for a change in our homes for the altering demographic.

Find out more about the research online and in the BBC feature.

Thank you to all of our donors who have supported the research, helping to make the project possible.

Photo: HLP Architects