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One of the key aims of the Dementia Centre is to provide leadership in dementia care by providing research, consulting and education that supports people with dementia to live as independently as possible.

With over 400,000 people in Australia living with dementia, there is a growing understanding of the need to make both public and private spaces more dementia-friendly. This designed environment plays an important role in ensuring a better quality of life for those who are living with dementia.

However, dementia friendly furniture, appliances, fittings and fixtures are generally not easily identifiable. To address this need, The Dementia Centre has introduced the Dementia Choices accreditation. Dementia Choices has been designed to help care providers easily identify dementia friendly items that assist in providing practical solutions to complex environmental issues for people living with dementia.

The Dementia Choices programme goals are to:
  • Present care providers with a reliable guide on products that have success in creating a dementia friendly environment.
  • Enable those living with dementia to engage in normal day to day tasks and to live as independently as possible.
  • Motivate suppliers and manufacturers to create products that cater to the needs of those living with dementia.
  • Support carers in providing practical solutions to complex environmental situations.

 

What does assessment involve?

A Dementia Choices review involves a few easy steps: 

  • Provide general information about your product or products.
  • A review of your product by one of the Dementia Centre’s expert consultants using the Dementia Choices rating tool. This can be completed onsite or remotely, depending on the nature of the product.
  • A peer reviewed report outlining the review findings including, where indicated, areas for improvement.
  • Receipt of the Dementia Choices endorsement, valid for 3 years, for products that meet the standard.
  • A product listing will be displayed so that your product is easily found by those looking for dementia friendly products.

 

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What products can we audit?

We are looking for products that contribute to good environments for people with dementia. The product assessment process is systematic and rigorous and covers all aspects of the design of the product.

Some questions to ask before submitting a product might be:

  • Are the features of the product clear to the ageing eye? Or, does the product (eg. a floor finish) help the building to be more visible to the ageing eye? Think about glare and contrast.
  • Are many choices/permutations of the product available to give the consumer choice to suit their needs?
  • Is the product easy to use without instruction or help?
  • Is the product immediately recognisable or iconic in its style?
  • Consider the physical impairments of ageing – does the product design take these into account?
  • Have you explained in your literature how to correctly specify your product for someone with dementia? For example, providing Light Reflectance Values and how to use your product in different contexts.
  • Have you tested your product with people who have a diagnosis of dementia?

These criteria are not exhaustive, and not all of them would necessarily need to be met for a product to receive endorsement. Each product is qualitatively judged on a case by case basis using a rigorous checklist by experts in the fields of dementia and design.

Suppliers will receive a report detailing all the features assessed and to what extent the criteria have been met. As part of the scoping process, we endeavour to help you select products for assessment which are most likely to achieve endorsement.

 

If you are interested in becoming an endorsed Dementia Choices supplier, contact us today.
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