A Pilot Study of Design Evaluation of Three Memory Support Residential Facilities in Victoria

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    Chau, Hing‐wah
    Newton, Clare
    2017 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science
    Conference Papers


There are over 400,000 persons with dementia in Australia. This figure is projected to increase
by 90% to more than 760,000 in the next 20 years and exceed 1.1 million by 2056. Due to the significant
increase in the number of people with dementia, the demand for memory support residential facilities is
expected to increase. People with dementia are vulnerable to environmental impacts, so the design of
such facilities has a significant impact on the quality of life and well‐being of the residents. In this pilot
study, three memory support facilities in Victoria are selected for evaluation: Rathdowne Place in Carlton,
Peninsula Grange in Mornington and Campbell Place in Glen Waverley. Through design analysis and
fieldwork observation, the aim of this study is to identify key factors of the built environment for residents
with dementia, compare building layouts and provide design recommendations.


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