Faculty Publications

Title

Establishing continuity of self-memory boxes in dementia facilities for older adults: Their use and usefulness

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Dementia, Identity, Memory boxes, Orientation, Reminiscence

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Housing for the Elderly

Volume

27

Issue

1-2

First Page

105

Last Page

119

Abstract

Spatial and detailed design aspects of dementia care centers deserve attention because they contribute to the overall experience of vulnerable individuals who need more support from the designed environment. This study examined the use and usefulness of memory boxes (wall-mounted display cases) at the entrances to resident rooms in dementia care facilities. Environmental walk-throughs, photodocumentation, memory box inventory, and staff interviews photodocumentation, memory box inventory, and staff interviews in three residential care facilities confirmed that memory boxes were beneficial in creating identity, assisting in orientation and wayfinding, and encouraging reminiscence. An additional use that emerged from this study was their usefulness as a tool for staff. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

5-30-2013

DOI of published version

10.1080/02763893.2012.754817

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