New book helps children understand how house adaptations assist relatives with dementia

World leading building science centre BRE is publishing a children’s book to explain the effects of dementia to young relatives of those with the condition.

Coinciding with Dementia Action Week (20-26th May), “A Home to Remember” follows the story of a young boy and his grandmother, and the adaptations the family is making to her property to make her feel more comfortable.

The book is based on a dementia-friendly home called ‘Chris and Sally’s House’, which was converted and opened last year by BRE at its Innovation Park in Watford. The book will be sent to schools local to BRE and is also available to read online here.

The book explores how dementia can impact elderly relatives from the perspective of a young child.  Serving an educational purpose, the book explains the changes being made to the grandmother’s property, all of which are implemented in ‘Chris and Sally’s House’.

The adaptations have been shown to support the wellbeing of people with dementia. Primarily, the book highlights the importance of increased natural lighting, walking support to encourage activity and creating good lines of sight around the property to assist in navigation.

‘Chris and Sally’s House’ was opened in 2018 and is aimed at helping educate housebuilders, carers, healthcare professionals and relatives on how to better support those living with dementia.

The design is geared to help people with dementia remain at home for longer than in a normal home, thus dramatically improving quality of life and reducing the cost of care to the state and relatives.

Director of BRE Innovation Parks, Dr. David Kelly says the book will be a helpful resource to schools and families who often struggle to explain the impact of dementia to young children, and in particular how that might affect their ageing relatives.

‘Chris and Sally’s House’ is open to members of the public year-round during normal working hours. To book a visit, please call +44 (0)333 321 8811 or email enquiries@bregroup.com.

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