Age UK Conference – Guest Speaker
Having recently completed a full design and refurbishment of Age UK’s older persons services in Tameside and spoken to attendees at its launch about ‘Dementia and the Environment’ Luci was delighted to be invited as a guest speaker for Age UK’s annual staff conference on the subject.
In addition to Luci Living Design’s interior design work Luci provides specialist interior design solutions for the NHS, Care Homes, Day Services under the trading name Dementia Design Solutions and is committed to improving the environment for people within wards, nursing, residential and dementia homes, extra care schemes, mental health learning difficulties and supported housing by educating.
“Environment should be used as first line treatment for dementia before pharmacological interventions (drug treatments)” Van Hoof
Luci is a former registered mental health nurse with 15 years of experience in both the UK and abroad. She was presented the National Sir Roy Griffiths Award for Excellence in the Community by the Secretary of State for Health for care facilities she managed.
As well as developing and managing care homes and supported housing schemes she has provided consultancy and training schemes to Department of Work and Pensions, Probation and Health and Social Services.
Luci formally sat on The Board of Social Services for Regulations and Standards within Manchester social Services.
She has worked locally, nationally and internationally across a range of activities including community residential housing, management of developing care homes and has been involved in policy making across all sectors.
The Age UK conference presentation in Manchester focused on the environmental changes made to the services in Tameside and the research, reasoning behind those changes.
Staff were also engaged in discussion and education on the latest recommendations, guidelines and research relating to what can be done assist and support people with dementia and covered aspects such as principles of good design, the environment and dementia services development.
The physical environment such furnishings, colour, décor, furniture, lighting, contrast, way finding signage, textures and sensory stimulation
Use of technology and suitable adaptations. Activities, engagement, nutrition, health and other ways to improve care environment.
Making changed to the environment and good dementia design, addressing standards and practices of care professionals can make a big difference to engagement of people with dementia and help to counteract many of the impairments associated with it thus improving levels of functioning, understanding, reinforcing personal identity and quality of life.