It is reported that within a few years one million people in the UK will have some form of dementia. Already two thirds of residents in care homes and a quarter of patients in hospital beds have dementia. (Data source: Alzheimer’s Society].
There are many different causes of dementia. Alzheimer‘s disease being the main one. Dementia affects people in different ways and at different times and whilst some people will have cognitive impairments, others develop visual impairments. The combination of impairments, can result in individuals feeling anxious, confused and uncertain – but not everyone with dementia is affected in the same way. As a better understanding of dementia, based on clinical research, has become available so the philosophy of “person centred care” has become the accepted approach aimed at offering as much independence and stimulation as possible, within safe boundaries, for each individual.
The effects of dementia on the individual means that there is a need to adapt their environment to offer the best possible facilities, to assist them in their daily living as well as to help the care team in carrying out their role. This impact on the care setting therefore affects the features and designs of furnishings within the dementia environment.
At Renray Healthcare using our many years of experience producing furniture for the NHS and care homes included, we have designed and manufactured a range of furniture specially to help those with impairments created by dementia. We have researched and discussed with leading clinical and academic experts in dementia, to be sure our range meets the various different needs, including stimulation and functionality, of those with dementia, as well as those who care for them.
As with all our products which are designed with you in mind, we feel these innovative, durable, safe and well built items will help as part of the overall care being given to individuals with dementia.
Features and benefits of our range to help those with impairments
From our research and discussions with dementia care clinicians, providers and academics, we have ensured that important relevant features and benefits are always included in the Renray range of furniture for those with impairments. All our dementia friendly furniture includes inherent features and benefits which relate to health and safety and to help with nursing needs, many of which are already built into Renray products as standard.
Our range is produced in “Pippy Oak“, so this full range looks consistent and it adopts the right colour ways, grain patterns and robust handles which are important features for those with dementia.
Our specialised furniture range
The important features and benefits of the range include:
• Curved (not sharp) edges and corners for safety, so our products are vinyl wrapped
• Easy wipe clean surfaces for infection control
• Wood grain that is plain and simple, not heavily patterned, so it doesn’t cause confusion or concern
(Which can happen to some, but not all, dementia sufferers)
• Contrasting coloured, large easy to use handles which are functionally obvious and clearly visible
• Viewing panels so items within them can be seen, to help with cognitive and visual impairments
• Strength and durability for all items
• Stable and comfortable seating enabling residents to use for prolonged periods
• Subtle, not dramatic, patterns on fabrics (as strong patterns can cause concern to some, but not all, dementia sufferers)
Bedroom design offers an insight into the dementia residents needs and necessary design features to aid everyday living. Key to this design is making things visible and functionally obvious.
Drawers and Wardrobes with viewing panels and cut out handles are beneficial as they show the resident what is in them and reduces confusion.
Wardrobes with open spaces for clothes encourages independence. The carer might discuss what the resident wants to wear the next day and hangs the clothes out for them; they can get dressed by themselves the next day.
Beds, mattresses and falls mats offer combined solutions to reduce the risk of injury from falls which is common in Dementia patients with cognitive and/or visual impairments.