Designing for Alzheimer's Disease : Strategies for Creating Better Care Environments
by Elizabeth C. Brawley
Aging and Alzheimer's special care design is an emerging field. As the population ages, and the incidence of Alzheimer's disease is increasing, special care environments are being built and renovated at a remarkable rate. Elizabeth Brawley has spent nearly twenty years working with health care providers and design professionals in long-term care facilities and shares her experience in this guide to creating responsive, responsible care environments for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementing illness. It links therapeutic goals with specific design suggestions in such key areas as lighting, color, acoustics, safety, and wayfinding, floor coverings and window treatments to fabrics, patterns, and ceiling finishes. Design solutions can be applied to assisted-living facilities, nursing homes and individual residences.