HammondCare shares knowledge on dementia design at an international summer school.

At the start of June, 147 students from 21 countries began a six-week summer school run by TEDI-London, examining the importance of design and engineering in the development of enabling environments for people living with dementia.

 The environment where a person lives impacts their quality of life.  Increasingly, research into what constitutes an enabling environment for a person living with dementia is about allowing them to live as independently as possible.

HammondCare’s Dementia Centre is excited to be part of this program to share the knowledge and understanding of design elements that create environments to promote a person’s wellbeing.

Expertise from the Dementia Centre’s International Design School will provide mentoring classes that support global teams to develop design solutions for a new urban town centre at Canada Water in the UK.

“I’m excited to be supporting the students in six online mentoring sessions as they develop their products. We will be using the framework of The Dementia Centre’s Dementia Choices tool to road-test these products and drive innovation, focusing on the end-user experience," says Liz Fuggle, Design Capability Consultant at the Dementia Centre, HammondCare.

Supporting the students during the prototype phase is a critical part of the process, where they interrogate their products, giving them the opportunity to explore imaginative design, examine how they will be used, and test functionality.

During the fully online program, fifteen teams will compete to develop the most innovative solution for regenerating an urban space that meets the needs of groups that are often excluded when designing community environments.

“It is a challenge to design products that meet the needs of everyone. In broad terms, good product design maximises the ability of the user and therefore its use. This is also inherently good design for a person living with dementia.

“No product stands alone, and this course is particularly interesting as we explore the integration of the products into the urban environment, and into a community setting. If we design for people with dementia then we design for the whole community, including those with complex needs,” explains Liz.

At the end of the programme, teams will pitch their ideas to an industry panel. The winners will be awarded £15,000 to fund a trip to London (at a safe time to do so) to further develop their idea in the TEDI-London labs and work alongside British Land and other industry partners in that development.

TEDI-London is a new design-led engineering higher education provider founded by Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW Sydney.

The Dementia Centre will be showcasing an International Design Panel as part of their upcoming online International Dementia Conference. https://www.dementiaconference.com/

The Dementia Centre, HammondCare has offices in Australia and Europe https://www.dementiacentre.com/


Wonderful and refreshing approach Liz to a very vulnerable and misunderstood and growing community health sector worldwide. Remarkable work - hope to see a great outcome from the teams.