UK Flooring Retailer Comments On New Dementia Interiors Guide

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Green Apple Flooring has shared its views on a new guide which suggests interior design choices can have a profound effect on people who are suffering from the degenerative condition.

Dementia sufferers will benefit from a living space that has been aesthetically designed to cater for their needs

‘Designing Alzheimer’s Facilities’ has been put together by integrated flooring solutions company Tarkett in conjunction with several recognised specialists from across Europe. The guide identifies and analyses six typical areas that are central to an Alzheimer’s facility and discusses the impact of interior design choices on a patient’s understanding of their living environment.

Though on-going medical treatment is still crucial to ensure good quality of care for patients, this new document suggests that dementia sufferers will benefit from a living space that has been aesthetically designed to cater for their needs. It confirms that different room layouts, floor coverings and lighting techniques can be used to both stimulate a patient’s memory and help them feel more comfortable in their surroundings.

A representative from top UK supplier Green Apple Flooring believes that the information presented to interior designers and architects in this guide will undoubtedly begin to influence the design of hospitals and care homes.

“More and more people are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every year – in fact, the statistics are quite shocking,” he explains. “In order to better facilitate dementia patients, we need to consider new ideas that explore every aspect of their care. This guide helps us think beyond traditional treatment methods and looks at the emotional and physiological impact of basic design choices.

“If interior design experts, architects and, ultimately, manufacturers take this new ideology on board, we will be able to help formulate a more sustainable approach towards treatment for Alzheimer’s that will hopefully ensure thousands more sufferers receive the best care possible.”
More information and quotes from those involved in the recent study can be found here.

Green Apple Flooring supplies an extensive range of laminate, engineered and solid wood flooring to the UK. The company is proud to stock flooring and maintenance products from some of the best-known flooring brands in Europe, including Quickstep and Elka, at extremely competitive prices. Visit the company’s website for more information or call 0800 002 9525 to speak to a member of staff directly.

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