According to the WHO, around 55 million people suffer from dementia worldwide. In the UK alone, it’s estimated that a million will be living with the condition by 2025.
Several years ago, our Dulux Trade brand partnered with the BRE (British Research Establishment) in a project to help those with dementia to live independently for longer in their own homes. A color palette and design guide was developed, suggesting how certain colors and designs can help those living with dementia.
The project quickly evolved and a dementia demonstration home was created to cater for those dealing with different types and stages of dementia. The design was all based on Dulux Trade’s groundbreaking Dementia-Friendly Colour Palette and Design Guide. Such was its impact, that the guide went on to win an Exceptional Contribution to Dementia Care Award.
Keen to make further advances, Dulux Trade then set up an Occupant Centred Colour and Design (OCCD) hub. It aims to provide color and design support to enable the step-change necessary in the provision of environments for an ageing UK population and support people living with dementia.
“In the UK, someone is diagnosed with dementia every three minutes and this requires a radical change in thinking,” explains Dulux Trade’s Karen Wilkinson. “To achieve this, we’ve been committed to supporting inclusive design to help improve the well-being of people living with dementia.