JAIS, C. ...et al., 2016. Defining activities of daily living for the design of dementia care environments. In: P. Waterson, E.M. Hubbard and R. Sims (eds), Ergonomics & Human Factors 2016. Daventry, UK, 19-21 April 2016.
Activities of daily living (ADLs) are an important part of dementia care due to their impact on quality of life. This study looked at perceptions of ADLs in the context of designing dementia care environments through an online questionnaire targeted at design professionals and healthcare workers. Participants suggested that certain activities such as physical activity and social interaction, which go beyond the traditional definition of ADLs, are also highly important considerations in the design of dementia care homes. The results suggest that current definitions of ADLs may be too restrictive. This has implications for care practice and care home design.