Dementia Friendly Hospitals from a Universal Design Approach: Design Guidelines

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Craddock G, de Freine P, de Siún A, Dockrell D, Grey T, Kennelly S, Mahon S, Mannion V, Murphy N, O’Neill D, Xidous D

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These guidelines provide detailed guidance in relation to dementia related design issues and the Universal Design of acute hospitals in Ireland. It aims to inform national policy and be used in practice by all practitioners – those who commission, design, build, provide and occupy hospitals.

The guidelines were completed as part of a research project funded by the Health Research Board (HRB) Applied Research Projects in Dementia 2015 programme, administered by the HRB in collaboration with The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) and the Department of Health (DoH).

As well as providing a background and User Guidance, the design guidelines cover the following:

Section 1: Experiencing the Hospital as a Whole
Section 2: Site Location, Approach and Entry
Section 3: Campus Design and Onsite Circulation
Section 4: Building Entry and Internal Circulation
Section 5: Key Internal and External Spaces
Section 6: Building Components: Materials, Fit-Out, and Signage
Section 7: Technology
Section 8: Internal Environment


Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Hospital

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Grey, T., Xidous, D., Kennelly, S., Mahon, S., Mannion, V., de Freine, P., Dockrell, D., de Siún, A., Murphy, N., Craddock, G., O’Neill, D. (2018). Dementia Friendly Hospitals from a Universal Design Approach: Design Guidelines. Ireland.