The Value of Adaptive Environments for people with Dementia

In order for us to maximise the independence of someone living with dementia and to prolong their ability to live in the environment of their choice we need to understand what adaptation can be beneficial and when it is appropriate to make those changes.Wendy will demonstrate the new Iridis app developed by the Dementia Services Development Centre Design team and Space Group at Stirling University. This app enables families and professionals to digitally audit an environment and to access evidenced-based suggestions for creating a more supportive physical environment for the individual who is aging and/or living with dementia. Learning outcomes:

  • Gain knowledge about why adaption is important for individuals who are ageing and/or living with dementia.
  • Learn more about the Iridis App and experience how technology can be used to identify areas of the physical environment which can be improved for the individual and how to evidence best practice in environmental adaptation.

Wendy has been working with older adults for over 25 years, and she has been specifically involved in the development, staff training and management of memory support services in both the US and the UK as well as dementia research in care homes over the last 15 years.She is particularly interested in seeing improvements in services so that there is better understanding and responses to stress and distress in people living with advanced dementia. She hopes to contribute to empowering care staff to make positive changes in their work culture. She currently teaches on the Meaningful Activity, Best Practice, Distressed Behaviour, Intersection of Dementia + Design and Dementia Leadership courses at the DSDC