Developing a tool to improve the care of people with dementia

Do you have a dementia diagnosis? Are you involved with the care of someone diagnosed with dementia? If so, your help is needed. 

The aim of this project is to develop a tool that would help those involved in the care of people with dementia to improve their indoor living environment.  It would also provide guidance to those building new dementia care facilities and homes.

The first stage would involve creating a tool that would indicate what was most helpful about the indoor environment for those with mild to moderate dementia. The second stage would be to test the tool.

image of indoor living space in neutral colours

For the pilot study we are seeking people with mild to moderate dementia, or those involved with their care, to give an opinion about our focus group and interview questions for the first part of the study - creating the tool.

Ethical approval is in place from both Swansea University and the NHS REC Committee. Both were sought as the study may include people who cannot consent for themselves.  

Involvement will require participants to give their opinion on the proposed questions. Whether there are some that need to be changed, rejected or new questions added. Any time that you can spare would be much appreciated, especially in these very difficult times.

If you would like to help please email Verity Walters by 5 PM, Friday 17th December 2021.

Verity Walters is a PhD research student at the Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University, who's research involves looking at ways we could improve or enhance the physical living environments for people living with dementia in extra care housing, residential and nursing homes.