I thought I would start by sharing with you some interesting facts about fabric. This information is not widely known in most part and as I myself found
it fascinating, I thought I would share it.
Cherish recently had a visit from a Rep. who’s company works very closely with the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University, to gain insight and knowledge on how to best advise it customers on all important fabric selection.
Undoubtedly, fabrics play a major part in any care environment, impacting on mood, sense of wellbeing, security and comfort. Ensuring that fabric selections reflect residents’ interests, gender and stage of life is important, as it helps to reinforce personal identity, enhancing self-esteem and confidence. People need to feel comfortable in their own home and fabrics are one very visible element contributing to achieving this.
Designing for dementia care presents important considerations and concerns that can often provoke a too safe and conservative approach to the scheme in terms of colour and design. The considered approach is beneficial but the over cautious or unimaginative design may not produce the most therapeutic or nurturing environments for the individual. Under stimulation is as detrimental as over stimulation in these environments.
Based on this company’s research, they have produced a guideline of key features to consider when selecting fabric and designing an environment for individuals with dementia.
The normal ageing process produces sensory losses such as visual impairment. This is of particular concern for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias as they may not be able to understand why and therefore be unable to compensate for it.
The elderly gradually lose the ability to discriminate between colours and this is exaggerated with dementia, so the use of contrasting colours within a design is vital. Contrast seating with carpets, bedspreads and flooring, door handles from doors, light switches from walls, etc. Pale colours together (or a mass of dark shades) are often difficult to discern by the visually impaired. By adding texture, this will create interest and ensure fabrics for seating clearly contrast in colour and shade with carpets, so as to make the seating clearly visible.
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Simple things like contrasting piping on the edge of seating, on bedspreads at the edge of the bed or on the edge of draperies where they are pulled to and drawn back, all assist in making life easier and less troublesome.
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can significantly change how people interpret what they see. Boldly defined stripes or designs with a vertical bias may be interpreted as bars or grills.
Swirling or sinuous patterns may cause some queasiness, especially if
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the person is taking anti-psychotic medication.
Often colour and detailed, retro patterns of the 50’s and 60’s may be appreciated by the elderly.
Small Geometrics or Flecks:
These can look like something has been spilt or needing to be swept up or
Patterns of flowers and leaves which are to any extent realistic are not helpful because they may
be mistaken for the real thing. Abstract or stylised designs or organic items generally work better.
So there you have it….. it is reassuring to know that there are Fabric companies out there that are doing all the background research so it makes the selection process as smooth and effortless as possible for those organisations within the Healthcare category.
If you are an organisation within the Healthcare Sector that are looking for a Curtain and Soft Furnishings company or a skilled
Upholstery company, then please contact us via our enquiry page on our website.