The title in itself is already something; however, this is not a product made by IKEA , but it comes inspired by the Swedish lifestyle IKE offers. Hack Care – A DIY stylebook for dementia-friendly homes has been designed by Singapore’s philanthropic foundation Lien. You will find creative modifications that help people living with dementia facilitate their every day in their homes.
Styled like an IKEA catalog by Lanzavecchia + Wai and unveiled in September during World Alzheimer’s Month, the printed work comprises more than 50 hacks and tricks, essays, and stories to inspire and give creative guidelines to those whoa re affected by the condition and their families.
And though the outcome captivates through the familiarity of the the IKEA aesthetics, Hack Care combines the design and research insights of Lekker Architects, Lanzavecchia + Wai Design Studio, the Alzheimer’s Disease Association(ADA), Brahm Centre and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital who shared their collective wisdom you see compressed in 240 pages.
Living with dementia is daunting, and our everyday home environments do not always anticipate or meet the unique needs of people battling cognitive and physical frailty.”- Lee Poh Wah, CEO of the Lien Foundation
The book outlined 10 guiding principles to empower persons with dementia and their caregivers:
1. Let persons with dementia play an active role.
2. Encourage decision-making.
3. Affirm their sense of self.
4. Have simple conveniences within easy reach.
5. Familiarity is comforting.
6. Don’t forget the simple pleasures.
7. Simplify the environment.
8. Do things together.
9. Stay flexible and adaptable.
10. The caregiver matters.