Strategic improvements to residential aged care buildings
The physical environment has a significant impact on people ageing well in residential care. Over the past three decades, researchers such as Richard Fleming and Kirsty Bennett have demonstrated how the physical environment can enable residents to live healthier, more active lives. However, often the built environment creates barriers that amplify disability caused by dementia, frailty and sensory decline. This presentation will introduce The Strategic Improvements Program, a model for transforming the physical environment of existing residential aged care buildings to better support residents. Nick will present a range of scale of projects to demonstrate the design theory and the process of changing the configuration, appearance and function of a building. The presentation will outline how service providers have used this model as part of the implementation culture transformation within facilities towards more resident-centred care.

The presentation has four parts:

1. An introduction to evidence-based design theory.
This will outline theory relating to good design for dementia, frail ageing and macular degeneration that is the foundation for the design work discussed. It will draw upon the work of researchers such as Richard Fleming, Margret Calkins and Mary Marshall, with a particular focus on outdoor spaces, room configuration and interior design.

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Nick Seemann, Director, Constructive Dialogue Architects

Constructive Dialogue Architects

Nick is an architect who established Constructive Dialogue Architects to support social ... Read More