Hospital environments. assisted living, and care homes are often especially difficult for wayfinding.  When a person with dementia moves into a care home or has a long hospital stay they often struggle to make sense of their environment due to , non-distinctive hallways and poorly differentiated routes.
Wayfinding problems can often cause anxiety and distress in persons with dementia. Visual cues for this reason are extremely important to a person with dementia to enable them to find their way more easily.

How to support successful wayfinding for people with dementia

Disorientation as a result of internal design features can be improved by:

  • Introducing environmental cues
  • Make spaces meaningful and memorable

Find has found that by using local photography not only are visual cue’s created, but also a link to familiar surroundings. 

wall mural

Wall murals that feature local landmarks offer an excellent and cost efficient way to create different spaces for different needs with easily recognisable images. 

Interested to find out what we can do to help you? Contact us for an environmental visit