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Sensory for dementia, light and sound in long term care environment

Talebzadeh, Arezoo and Lang, Avital (2017) Sensory for dementia, light and sound in long term care environment. In: This is Long Term Care, 27-29 Nov 2017, Toronto, Canada.

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Abstract

People with dementia show behavioural change in respect to their environment. Noise and Light are the two most obvious sources of sensory stimulation in the environment, and when ignored or mismanaged, they can become important sources of under or over stimulation for the person with dementia (Dewing, 2009). The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of the sensory implications regarding light and sound in combinations with the common disturbances pertaining to dementia patients such as anxiety, sleep deprivation, agitation and malnutrition. Implementing elements such as light panels, sound barriers and appropriate lux levels have been considered as part of the rehabilitation for dementia patients. As these aspects are underutilized in many healthcare settings, a set of instructional guidelines would be helpful in designing a dementia friendly unit or to improve the environment design of an existing unit. Of course further study must be conducted to evaluate these interventions.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Poster)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 15:01
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 17:53
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2194

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