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Report Highlights Design Features to Assist in Independent Living

A report has been issued by the Thomas Pocklington Trust and the University of Stirling in the United Kingdom that illustrates how clever design of living spaces can improve the lives of people who are living with dementia and sight loss.

The report highlights key areas in the home that could be improved with better design, including the use of color and contrast, lighting placement, the design of cupboard doors and audible and tactile control panels. Other recommendations cover fixtures and fittings; layout and design of kitchens; good bathroom design; entrances and exits; and gardens and outdoor areas. The measures can be used to adapt existing homes to a person's changing circumstances or incorporated into new buildings.

Contact: Ken Harris, kharris@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8835