The University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) has announced the development of a ground-breaking new app to help improve workplaces, public buildings and homes for people living with dementia.
Working in collaboration with construction experts Space Group, the team is creating the first app of its kind in the world to digitally assess how suitable a residence, care facility or other environment is for older people and those living with dementia.
The dementia database, called IRIDIS, will make a simple assessment of a person’s home and recommend changes that can be made to the building.
The free homeowner app, available to download from autumn 2017, will address physical aspects of design which impact upon older people’s quality of life and their ability to live more independently. This includes lighting, colour contrast and noise.
People living with dementia, family members, healthcare professionals, construction experts or designers using the app, will be asked questions about their surroundings, and asked to take photographs.
It will take around just 20 minutes to assess the suitability of a two-bedroom home for an older person.
Improvements the app may recommend will be as simple as changing a light bulb, to more complex improvements such as reconfiguring bathrooms.
The app will be available to download from Thursday 21 September, on International Alzheimer’s Day.