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Designing for People with Dementia in Acute Settings

26 Aug 2019 at 5:00 pm AWST

$20 – $85
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People living with dementia are high users of acute healthcare services. They are admitted to hospital at approximately twice the rate of people of the same age who do not have dementia, and stay in hospital almost twice as long (as those without dementia).

Not surprisingly, the average cost of hospital care for people living with dementia is almost 2.7 times more than for a person without dementia*. This is not a good situation for people living with dementia, or for hospitals.

We know that a well designed environment can have a big impact on the wellbeing of a person living with dementia. This presentation will look at the ways in which key design principles can be applied in acute settings, and identify areas for further action. It will also introduce the EAT-Acute – an assessment tool which is being developed specifically for use in acute settings based on key design principles.

Kirsty Bennett is currently a consulting architect and the Manager of Environmental Design Education Services at Dementia Training Australia, University of Wollongong. Kirsty is an architect who has pursued her commitment to improving the design of environments for people living with dementia through architectural practice, writing, research and speaking engagements. Kirsty’s architectural career has focussed on designing small scale residential environments for older people which are enabling and empowering. She has been responsible for the design, documentation and construction of many residential aged care facilities for people living with dementia in different parts of Australia.

Learning outcomes
· Name ways an acute environment can disable a person living with dementia
· Identify areas in an acute environment that should be targeted for change
· Describe design responses that can support people living with dementia in acute settings
· Name 10 key design principles​
· ​Identify ways to apply key design principles in acute settings
· Describe the benefits of applying principles.

This seminar is worth 2 formal CPD point on completion of the seminar activities.


26 Aug 2019
5:00 pm
$20 – $85
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Australian Institute of Architects – WA Chapter
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Nedlands, WA 6009 Australia
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