Colour and contrast can be used by people with dementia to help identify key features and rooms. Pronounced colour contrast can be a great aid as it adds clarity to the environment, allowing people with dementia to find their way around and to use facilities and fixtures without assistance.
‘Ageing eyes’, together with dementia related ‘visuo-perceptual difficulties’ combine to cause a change in the way people with dementia see the world around them. Understanding these changes and adapting the dementia care environment can assist in reducing risks in order to support a person with dementia to live an independent life.
Due to natural thickening and yellowing of the eye with age, older people experience changes in their vision and colour perception.
“Deliberate use of colour can significantly help people with dementia
to recognise objects”
A highly contrasting, coloured design facilitates perception and therefore enables people with age-related impaired vision to orientate themselves. Deliberate use of colours can significantly help people with dementia to recognise objects and move around in their environment.
Colour Contrast in Tapware
Incorporating colour contrast principles when designing tapware for people with dementia, is essential to allow for easy identification of the fixture and its function. Strong colour indication should be combined with a product that is simple, intuitive and familiar to compensate for age related vision problems and to promote independence in self-care.
Enware’s Leva Wellbeing range incorporates easy to distinguish colour indicators that can be seen from all angles. Traditional separate hot and cold controls deliver a level of recognition the user can relate to and easily operate. The benefits of colour contrast are combined with a handle design that uses bold geometric shapes and form to optimize the user’s strength capabilities, transferring the movement to the more powerful muscles of the user’s forearm and upper arm.
For more information on colour contrast in dementia design see our whitepaper.