Environments that enhance dementia care: issues and challenges
In 2009-10 it was estimated that there were more than 84,000 people with dementia in residential aged care facilities across Australia (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2011) and the demand for these places is estimated to grow at 4% per annum between now and 2029 (AIHW 2011). This reflects a worldwide phenomenon. The number of people with dementia in the United Kingdom (UK), for example, is currently estimated at 700,000 and will double within 30 years (Knapp & Prince 2007). The scale of the demand for residential facilities for people with dementia, and the evidence of the positive contribution that the environment can make to the care of people with dementia, directs attention to the need for these facilities to be well designed.