I was honoured to be asked to give a presentation about the work I am doing as part of BESiDE at a Café Science Dundee discussion. Within the very comfortable venue of Avery and Co.I focused my short presentation on how we at BESiDE (Built Environment for Social Inclusion in the Digital Economy) are taking steps to understand how care homes can be better designed to support older adults.

Care Home ImageWe are living in an ageing world. This creates lots of design challenges for architects and designers if they are to design a supportive environment. This is really important within the context of Care Home Environments.

“How can the design of care homes better support older adults in maintaining their wellbeing, independence, mobility and quality of life?”

“What would you want and need if you lived in a care home?”

“WiFi, natural light and colour, privacy, your own front door?”

Understanding how to create these types of supportive environments for older people remains a key challenge facing contemporary designers.

I talked about how we are giving a voice to the users, measuring physical activity, and tracing and modelling movement within care homes to generate evidence of what is needed in the future of care home design. I explained how we are collecting this evidence. I gave an overview of findings and discussed plans of how this new knowledge will be disseminated into design practice.

My talk was followed by supportive and extensive question and answer session from a very engaged audience.

The University of Dundee published a press release to advertise the ‘Voices from Care Homes’ Event.  This was picked up by several outlets including STV and The Academic Health Science Partnership.

Hazel White (@hazelonewhite) sketched an overview of my talk.


Sketch by Hazel White giving an overview of Dr Lesley McIntyre's Cafe Science Talk.

Sketch by Hazel White giving an overview of Dr Lesley McIntyre’s Cafe Science Talk.

Dr Jonathan Urch, (Public Engagement Co-ordinator, University of Dundee) had this to say,

“Thank you for delivering such an excellent talk last week. I enjoyed it so much and it was clear that the audience did too.”

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Related links:

Cafe Science: conversations about science, over coffee

University of Dundee Press Release

Academic Health Science Partnership, Tayside


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