Design for Nature in Dementia Care by Garuth ChalfontDesign for Nature in Dementia Care by Garuth Chalfont

Design for Nature in Dementia Care

byGaruth Chalfont

Paperback | September 15, 2007

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Maintaining a connection to nature is increasingly recognised as an important component of caring for a person with dementia. Design for Nature in Dementia Care provides comprehensive examples of ways to connect to nature through indoor and outdoor activities.

The author describes a wide range of activities that offer a connection to nature, such as caring for house plants and pets, gardening and cooking, practising handicrafts and domestic chores. He suggests practical ways to incorporate nature into indoor and outdoor environments and also into the design of buildings and landscapes. These suggestions are drawn from interdisciplinary research in environmental psychology, neurology, architecture, nursing and dementia care practice.

This book is a practical resource for care providers and design professionals who want to use nature to improve the lives of people with dementia.

Garuth Chalfont, PhD ASLA, is a Researcher at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. He also runs Chalfont Design, a research and consultancy service in dementia design and therapeutic nature design. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the British Society of Gerontology, the International Psych...
Title:Design for Nature in Dementia CareFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:184 pages, 11.67 × 8.31 × 0.47 inShipping dimensions:11.67 × 8.31 × 0.47 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Jessica Kingsley PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1843105713

ISBN - 13:9781843105718


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part 1: Nature Indoors. 1. Living with Nature. 2. Nature-based Activities. 3. Ethical Issues Concerning Nature Indoors. Part 2: Nature Outdoors. 4. The Natural World. 5. Activities Outdoors. 6. Ethical Issues Concerning Nature Outdoors. 7. Summary. Glossary. Appendices. References. Further Resources. Subject index. Author index.

Editorial Reviews

This is a well-written, well-researched book that could help revolutionise dementia care by focusing upon practical steps practitioners can take to create a therapeutic environment by incorparating nature into care settings... Chalfont writes with such passion and conviction for his subject that this invariably "rubs off" onto readers leaving them feeling inspired and wanting to find out more. Throughout the book we are encouraged to design enabling environments and activities using a person-centred approach that focus upon the perspective of the person with dementia. The book also makes much needed contribution to an area of demantia care, which is often overlooked even though nature is so important to all of us. All practitioners in the fiels of dementia care, not only social workers, should be encouraged to read this important text as I feel it holds a way of working from which all of us could gain something. - Practice: Social Work in Action