The Thomas Pocklington Trust, a leading provider of housing, care and support services for people with sight loss in the UK, has commissioned Habinteg to produce a comparative review of housing design for people with dementia and sight loss.
This short study will compare and contrast design guidance relating to dementia and sight loss, in order to identify elements that benefit people with dementia and sight loss, as well as key areas where design solutions for one group may adversely affect the other. The sources for the review will include Housing for People with Sight Loss, a design guide produced by Habinteg and the Pocklington Trust in 2008.
The study will use leading items of published guidance on design for dementia and design for sight loss that are in use (particularly in the UK) and identify:
- areas of consistency (e.g. appropriate lighting)
- opportunities for one or other focus to be developed to encompass the other (e.g. use of colour and contrast, addition of audio noticeboards)
- areas where good design for one condition may compromise good design for the other (e.g. signing that relies on vision).
Findings from the review will highlight:
- elements of housing design that effectively address the needs of people with dementia and those with sight loss
- elements of housing design that address the needs of people with dementia but disadvantage those with sight loss, and vice versa
- elements of housing design for people with dementia that may be improved to address sight loss, and vice versa.
The report was published in 2010 by the Thomas Pocklington Trust.