Alzheimer’s Residents and the Built Environment: A Spatial Analysis of Care Facilities

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2024

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Withey, Sydney

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The purpose of this inquiry was to identify the contributing factors of the physical environment that residents with Alzheimer’s disease are housed in by evaluating models of care facilities; further, projected results will aid in understanding their effects on health and resident experience to make recommendations for improvements. The facility an Alzheimer’s resident is housed in contributes to their well-being and quality of life, especially as there is no pharmacological cure or prevention for Alzheimer’s disease. Plan-EAT analysis is employed to analyze six long-term care facility types to understand the baseline for memory care layout planning. The results of analysis were used to develop a proposed facility plan, utilizing high-scoring characteristics, and rectifying low-scoring characteristics. The proposed facility plan demonstrates the ability to design a memory care facility that best supports the direct abilities and needs of Alzheimer’s residents by prioritizing visual access, movement & engagement, and social interaction.

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Interior design., Alzheimer's disease., Layout planning., Memory care., Long term care facility.

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