Dementia Friendly Signage | Part 1

Clear and helpful ?

We have to do better than this. I’m not going to name and shame. The hospital in question recognises that this is not ideal and wants a more coherent and less confusing ‘designed’ solution.

Sadly I’m coming across this kind of thing more and more — ‘dementia friendly’ signs added as an afterthought, all be it with the best of intentions (I’m collating images on my instagram diary @sarahs_notebook).

As with many medical conditions, a dementia diagnosis is not a one size fits all.  It is well documented, more and more of us will be living with the condition, working and enjoying leisure time.  Signage has been identified as one of the key areas that can assist people to function in the built environment, along with lighting, colour and layout.

Organisations are becoming increasingly aware of the need to make appropriate provisions, including those in our core sectors of healthcare, community and cultural spaces.

Plan of action

Over the last 18 months Picto have been involved with the implementation of wayfinding in a number of specific dementia care facilities. We are building on this experience and improving our knowledge.

We now include this user group as part of our standard check list of considerations at the start of new projects.

We are working with architects, project teams and clients to find ways to make their wayfinding projects as inclusive as possible.

Watch this space.

Click here to view the signage for what is believed to be the largest dedicated dementia facility in the UK, Haven Court, working with StudioLR and South Tyneside NHS Trust

To read about the importance of dementia and signage visit


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