The number of people diagnosed with dementia in the UK continues to rise, with the Alzheimer’s Society predicting that almost 1.6 million individuals will suffer from the illness by 2040.
What’s more, 61% of people with dementia are also living in the community and not in care homes.
And with this anticipated increase in demand, it’s imperative that we learn to construct more-inclusive environments for those with dementia, both inside and outside of hospitals and social care facilities.
With this in mind, Forbo has launched a new CPD focusing on inclusive design and covering a range of topics including, ‘why it is important to consider dementia when designing a building’, and ‘how a person living with dementia perceives the world’, as well as best-practice design advice.
For many years, we’ve worked hard to develop inclusive flooring options to help specifiers feel confident in creating spaces that will benefit everyone
Developed in conjunction with guidance from the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Design Centre (DSDC); the CPD is aimed at anyone who specifies flooring for commercial and public buildings, or for those that have a passion for creating inclusive environments.
The CPD is available to be delivered as a live webinar from one of the company’s trained advisors.
And the first 30 webinars to be booked will receive a complementary DSDC guide.
A PDF and a recording of the presentation can also be requested free of charge.
Donna Hannaway, care segment manager at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains: “I am excited to announce our new RIBA-certified CPD, which focuses on the role of flooring in dementia-inclusive designs.
With the help of the DSDC, we’ve devised this CPD to help those in the field to go one step further and gain a stronger understanding of a number of important core design principles
“For many years, we’ve worked hard to develop inclusive flooring options to help specifiers feel confident in creating spaces that will benefit everyone.
“And, with the help of the DSDC, we’ve devised this CPD to help those in the field to go one step further and gain a stronger understanding of a number of important core design principles.
“If you’re working in the field, or just want to improve your knowledge on this subject, it’s not to be missed.”
Since 2017, Forbo has partnered with the DSDC to develop a portfolio of products suitable for use in dementia-friendly environments.
And more than 1000 of the company’s products have been accredited by the leading research centre, such as its Marmoleum, Allura, and Flotex ranges.