Alex Caruso & Nicola Taylor
ACA & Abbeyfield
Alex is an architect and founder of ACA+I Ltd. With a can-do attitude, sound judgement and intuition, he has led the design of healthcare facilities in England, Spain and his native Italy, where collaboration and innovation are the key drivers. His dedication to the highest design standards and sustainability is instrumental in defining the brief to translate spatial and operational requirements analysis into intelligent building forms. A member of the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium, Alex sees design for Mental Health and Social Care as “lifelong learning” which continuously offers fresh opportunities for the form to follow the function whilst stimulating the senses. Follow ACA on Twitter
As Head of Care Services for Abbeyfield The Dales Nicola is enthusiastic and passionate in her role ensuring every resident has an individually tailored experience to meet their specific needs. Nicola has over 25 years’ experience in the Health and Social Care Sector having been involved in Domiciliary Care, Independent Living with Extra Care Housing, Residential Care, Hospital Discharge and After Care services. Starting as a Care Worker has enabled her to shape and lead the services and service provision to ensure residents. Follow Abbeyfield on Twitter
Fern House: Five languages of Care
An open debate between Abbeyfield Head of care and Fern House Dementia Design Champion through the five languages of care, which are critical for the service users condition to support to ordinary community living. A multi-sensory exploration of the elements of design used to create an environment that is engaging and heart-warming to nurture people positive feelings and encourage connections. Layers of colour, texture, arts, signage and furniture are coordinated to create a high-quality, homely environment that residents will enjoy and feel proud to invite the community into. Solution focused Collaborative-Design approach based on research: An accurate understanding of the residents’ groups is required to achieve an inclusive and meaningful perceptual environment for people who are living with the early onset of dementia.