Guide: Designing for Memory Care

Strategies to Achieve Optimal Results

A well-designed memory care environment can improve the lives of residents who struggle with severe cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

There are several strategies to keep in mind when designing memory care environments that rely on the body’s senses, specifically sight, sound, and touch, to help improve a resident’s sense of place and reduce anxiety.

By integrating techniques to reduce frustration and discomfort, you can create beautiful spaces while instilling comfort and confidence in your residents.

In This Guide:

  • Tips to improve navigation and wayfinding

  • Techniques to reduce confusion and anxiety

  • Design elements shown to trigger memories and evoke positive emotions

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