Dulux trade helps design Leeds hospitals trust dementia care spaces
One of the biggest NHS trusts in the country, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, is tackling one of society’s greatest challenges - with colour.
The hospital trust teamed up with Dulux Trade to design a healthcare environment that focused on extracting some of the design flaws in public spaces that make it more difficult for those with dementia under their care, to feel fully supported during their stay.
Thanks to a design scheme that considers, colour, contrast, texture and materials supportive of aged care, including those residents with dementia, a space can be made to be stimulating, welcoming and comfortable.
It can also play a key role in overcoming resident anxiety and reducing slips, trips and falls by making spaces easier to navigate.
With this in mind, Dulux Trade spent over six years planning, preparing and completing the project - which saw over 30 wards painted, as well as offices, corridors, and communal areas given a fresh new look.
The Dulux Trade Commercial Colour Services team selected a range of colours to assist in encouraging the mobility of patients who also have dementia - incorporating design techniques such as camouflaging doorways that are for staff access only or using stronger colour to highlight focal areas the staff wanted to encourage patients to transition to and from such as toilets and day rooms.
Taking these principles into account, the walls were painted in Linnet White, the doors in Grey Flint and the trim in Goosewing.
Colour blocks were also added in accent stripes using greens, blues and purples. Recognising the value of creating dynamic visual environments, the team were keen to also ensure the space appealed to the staff working there, as well as any visitors, whilst also providing a very practical way of promoting recognition of various zones in what could be seen as very daunting open spaces. This colour palette and the design principles developed on the project were then a key part of the creation of the Dulux Trade Dementia Friendly Colour Palette and Design Guide, which aims to help professionals create environments that optimise occupant wellbeing for dementia patients and their families.