The Virtual Hospital, created by the Dementia Services Development Centre highlights good design strategies in making an acute healthcare setting dementia-friendly. Similar to the Virtual Care Home, which was highlighted on the Info-LTC blog last May, these virtual spaces help to illustrate how small changes to a space can make a big impact in designing a home away from home for people with dementia.
The Virtual Hospital shows the layout of 15 different spaces located in a hospital (or in a long-term care home), including the entrance, the café, the elevator, the garden, corridors, bedrooms and bathrooms. Each model incorporates information on the design details that make this space dementia-friendly. It also includes advice on how to adapt and update a space to make it dementia-friendly.
To view the Virtual Hospital, please visit, http://www.dementia.stir.ac.uk/design/virtual-environments/virtual-hospitalTo see the latest publications on design and patient-friendly environments, don’t forget to visit our Current Perspectives in Environmental Design in Long-Term Care at http://libguides.lib.umanitoba.ca/environment-longtermcare