Demenzsensible Krankenhausstationen: Expertenempfehlungen zu Planung und Gestaltung

Translated title of the contribution: Dementia-friendly hospital wards: Expert recommendations for planning and design

K. Büter, T. Motzek, B. Dietz, L. Hofrichter, M. Junge, D. Kopf, H. Von Lützau-Hohlbein, S. Traxler, T. Zieschang, G. Marquardt

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Background: Hospitals face great challenges in the necessity of providing care for the rising number of elderly patients with dementia. The adaptation of the spatial environment represents an important component to improve the care situation of patients with dementia. For more than 30 years research results from long-term care have provided evidence on the therapeutic effect of numerous architectural features on people with dementia. Due to specific medical and organizational requirements in hospitals, the transferability of these findings is, however, limited. Material and methods: An interdisciplinary workshop with experts from the fields of medicine, nursing, gerontology, self-help and architecture was conducted in July 2015. Based on existing research findings and experiences from pilot projects, the spatial requirements for dementia-friendly hospital wards were collated, suggested solutions were discussed from different perspectives and finally design recommendations were derived. Results: The article gives a first comprehensive overview of architectural measures that are required for the design of dementia-friendly hospital wards. The recommendations provided range from architectural criteria, such as the size and spatial structure of hospital wards, to interior design elements, including orientation and navigation aids and the use of light and colors. Furthermore, information about the planning process are given.

Translated title of the contributionDementia-friendly hospital wards: Expert recommendations for planning and design
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalZeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 20 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Architecture
  • Autonomy
  • Health services for the aged
  • Orientation
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)


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