The Benefits of Dementia Friendly Signage
With the numbers increasing for people living with dementia, care homes must be providing the correct type of signage for their residents. But what makes dementia signage so important and what are the key thing to look at when fitting out your care home with updated signs.
Light Reflective Value (LRV)
Light Reflective Value (LRV) is a measurement for the amount a surface reflects or absorbs. For signage, especially for people living with dementia the contrast between the light absorbed and the light reflective is very important. The minimum recommended contrast ratio is between 60% & 70%. This means that key information that the sign is providing will be easier to identify.
When looking at sign types you must look at the LRV contrast ratio to make sure that your signs are at the very lease within the minimum range. All of our dementia friendly signs exceed this minimum, ranging from 75% to 98% LRV contrast Ration, so you know that all of our signs are easily seen.
Something you need to think about when purchasing your signage is where and how your new signs will be fixed. It is often expected that to attach your new signs to a surface you will be required to drill holes and fix the sign with screws. While this might be an option for you, it can also be an additional hassle that you might not have been expecting. Additionally, having visible screws on your signs isn't going to give you the perfect finish that you are sure to be after. Look at the type of fittings that your signs will be fixed with and make sure that it works for you.
The Signage For Care dementia friendly range all come with a strong bonding adhesive tape that will fix your sign to any surface. There are plenty of benefits this provides. You can put your signs up fast will little fuss. Additionally, without the need for screws, all of our signs have an uninterrupted finish which will give you a cleaner looking sign.
Incorporate The Sense Of Touch
Although the main function of a sign is to be seen, there are other elements that you need to be aware of before you make your purchase. How will the sign be interacted with? Watch your residents and see as they pass a sign, how many of them touch it. You will be surprised at the number of people who do. Most dementia friendly signage has a smooth finish.
Our signage is tactile, so as a resident touches the sign they will be able to feel the design as well as see it. All of the icons and text are also raised so that these can be felt too. This can also help those with visual impairments as all of the text can be felt with the stroke of one finger, helping them to understand the sign.
Until recently bright yellow or red seemed to be the only choice for dementia friendly signage. Thankfully this is no longer the case and care homes have a much larger selection to pick from. One key thing needs to be kept in mind when you are making your selection, where will the sign be used and who is going to be using it. You would be forgiven if when looking at some signage available that the people using the sign might living in a nursery and not a care home. It appears that people living with dementia have been let down by the available choices.
After seeing what was available on the market, we decided to create a new range of signs that would look more in keeping with a care home. Our 5 colour finishes and 3 wood 3D finishes will fit with most care home decors.
All of our colour ranges have been accredited by the DSDC from Stirling University, so you will be sure that these signs not only look great but also work great as well.
Believe it or not, our signage is the only ones to have been accredited by the DSDC at Stirling University. We felt that is was important when bringing in a revolutionary new design to the dementia friendly market, that we gained an industry-recognised accreditation. So that is exactly what we did.
Our report is available to view so you can see exactly how each design measured up to their comprehensive tests.