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Architect uses new approach to designing dementia-friendly care homes

A Newcastle architect is hoping his ‘revolutionary’ approach to designing care homes will help make the lives of those devastated by dementia a little easier. Roger Maier of CEAD Architects is using software and gaming technology to help carers and patients alike by creating 3D models, so they can take a virtual tour round his buildings - while the plans are still on the drawing board.

Roger said: “The effect that living space can have on dementia sufferers and their well-being is something that cannot be overlooked. But people who commission care homes and extra care facilities sometimes struggle to visualise what designs will look like.  So that means many architects play safe and design bland environments that can look very institutional – this is where the new software will contribute in creating an environment much more suitable for dementia patients, producing a happier life experience in care homes.”

Read more on the Business Quarter website.