The refurbishment and extension of redundant space at Carleton Clinic in Carlisle has created a bespoke assessment environment to meet the specific needs of older adults with dementia. Known as the Ruskin Unit, the development provides a new reception area, waiting, interview rooms and admission lounge, improving the admission of distressed individuals and carers. The facility can now cater for a wide range of needs without compromise to other individual patient requirements.
Building on research by the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre, careful design creates a calm, safe environment to help with orientation and reduce confusion. The use of dementia focused technology greatly improves patients’ experience, supporting their needs, well-being and interests. A range of spaces for activities, therapy and support spaces are formed around two safe external courtyard garden spaces, one passive and one active, providing unhindered access to encourage patient engagement. Flooded with natural light, the facility utilises colour, views, and artwork to simplify wayfinding and reduce stress.