Creating a suitable environment for Alzheimer’s patients
Alzheimer's, the neurodegenerative disease that affects ageing populations, has become a public health policy priority for a large number of countries. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), more than 35.5 million people worldwide are affected, and the figure could nearly double to 65.7 million by 2030.
Numerous countries have responded to the growth in this disease by creating Alzheimer’s specialist units, reflecting the need to provide long-term care of people who can no longer live independently at home or in the care of relatives.
Alzheimer's is the cause of 60% to 70% dementia cases. As the disease advances, symptoms include problems with language, disorientation, mood swings, loss of motivation, lack of self care, and behavioural issues.
Flooring plays a large role in creating a safe and comforting environment, key to improving patient well-being. Ageing patients are more likely to feel safe and continue routine activities in a reassuring and familiar environment, surrounded by soothing designs and sound-reducing materials. Colours, light and contrasts also contribute to the well-being and safety for Alzheimer’s patients.