Design for Nature in Dementia Care by Garuth Chalfont

By Garuth Chalfont

Keeping a connection to nature is more and more acknowledged as a massive component to taking care of someone with dementia. some great benefits of connecting the subjective event of dementia victims with their actual setting contain sensory stimulation and stronger cognitive, mental and actual health and wellbeing, in addition to enhanced behaviour administration. "Design for Nature in Dementia Care" adopts a holistic and person-centred method of taking good care of dementia victims via contemplating their emotional, mental and non secular health and wellbeing. The publication offers complete examples of the big variety of how someone can connect with nature via indoor and open air actions, parts and environments, corresponding to taking good care of condo crops and pets, gardening and cooking, practicing handicrafts and family chores, and provides options and insights to a pro realizing of the layout of structures and landscapes. The e-book attracts on interdisciplinary examine proof from environmental psychology, neurology, structure, nursing and dementia care perform, and spells out sensible ways that care prone and layout pros can layout for nature in dementia care.

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ETHICAL DILEMMAS In this section we address some of the ethical issues raised by nature indoors by applying ethical principles (ASTRID 2000) and by addressing consent, safety, risk and opportunity, mental health and human rights where appropriate. All the dilemmas given below are taken from real life and raise certain questions. The decisions that were made are not necessarily advocated as the ‘right’ thing to do, nor are they the only ones, but they do provide examples of how to reach solutions, which we hope will be ethical ones.

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Cooking can also benefit from using home-grown garnishes that add to the visual appeal of the dish, or flavourings that add to the taste. Nasturtiums and violets are colourful and edible and will add a splash of colour and interest to a meal. Mint can be added to the potato water while cooking to add fragrance to the room and taste to the spuds. Mint in tea is refreshing. Parsley is not only fragrant and looks green and fresh on a plate, but it is also good for digestion if eaten (parsley and other edible plants should be chopped for people who are at risk of choking).

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