By Trevor Gillman, CEO, David Bailey Furniture Systems Ltd For over four decades, I've dedicated…
Imagine walking into a room filled with unfamiliar objects and surroundings, feeling disoriented and anxious. For those suffering from dementia, this scenario is an all-too-common reality. As dementia progresses, individuals often lose their ability to recognise their surroundings, leading to confusion and distress. However, amidst this challenging journey, there is, according to experts, a guiding light for many dementia sufferers – familiar items of fitted furniture, writes Tony Huggins, managing director of David Bailey Furniture System.
Our company understands the importance of creating environments that support dementia sufferers in care homes, healthcare centres, and hospitals. Our wide range of fitted furniture products is thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, familiarity, and a sense of connection for those navigating the complexities of dementia.
Research, by the Alzheimer’s Society, entitled “Design Tips for Dementia-Friendly Settings,” has shown that individuals with dementia find solace and reassurance when surrounded by familiar items. Familiarity acts as a powerful anchor, evoking memories and emotions that promote a feeling of safety and security. In this context, fitted furniture plays a pivotal role in shaping dementia-friendly spaces.
Our fitted furniture systems are carefully selected and designed to evoke familiarity and enhance recognition. Colour, in particular, plays a crucial role in supporting individuals with dementia. Studies have shown that certain colours can positively affect mood, emotions, and cognitive abilities.
Colours are not merely a visual experience; they evoke emotions and influence our mood and cognition. Research has demonstrated that certain colours have a direct impact on our psychology, and this knowledge forms the foundation of our approach to dementia-friendly environments.
For dementia sufferers, feelings of agitation and anxiety can be common. By selecting calming and soothing colours, such as gentle blues and serene greens, we aim to create spaces that promote relaxation and tranquillity. Our fitted furniture complements the overall design scheme, allowing individuals to feel at ease and supported in their surroundings.
In the later stages of dementia, recognition becomes increasingly challenging. However, familiar colours can trigger memories and associations, fostering a sense of comfort and belonging. At David Bailey Furniture, we integrate colours that resonate with positive memories and experiences, nurturing a connection with the past.
Warm colours, such as soft yellows and inviting oranges, have the power to evoke feelings of warmth and positivity. Our fitted furniture solutions incorporate these hues to create spaces that radiate happiness and optimism. By enveloping dementia sufferers in an environment that exudes positivity, we aim to uplift their spirits and contribute to their overall well-being.
As dementia progresses, individuals may also face difficulties in navigating their surroundings. The strategic use of colour in our fitted furniture helps create clear visual cues, aiding in wayfinding and reducing confusion. This thoughtful approach ensures that every piece of furniture serves a functional purpose beyond its aesthetic appeal.
It means that familiar fitted furniture items can help dementia sufferers retain a sense of ownership over their space, even as other aspects of memory fade. By surrounding individuals with furniture, they recognise and relate to, we empower them to maintain a sense of independence and control.
At David Bailey Furniture, our commitment to dementia-friendly fitted furniture goes beyond aesthetics. We collaborate with healthcare professionals and care providers to understand the unique needs of each environment and its residents. Our furniture solutions are crafted to enhance accessibility, safety, and ease of use, complementing the overall dementia care approach.
In addition to benefiting dementia sufferers directly, our fitted furniture also makes life easier for caregivers. Our designs prioritise practicality and ease of maintenance, ensuring that care providers can focus on providing the best care without unnecessary burdens.
As the understanding of dementia care continues to evolve, so does our commitment to providing the best fitted furniture solutions. With research and compassion at the heart of our approach, we aim to create spaces that foster well-being, dignity, and happiness for dementia sufferers and their caregivers.
At David Bailey Furniture, we believe that every individual deserves to live in an environment that supports their unique journey. By surrounding dementia sufferers with familiar and comforting fitted furniture, we create spaces that embrace memories, celebrate lives, and offer a source of comfort in the face of adversity.