Due to the constant rise of the number of dementia cases, as our life expectancy continues to grow, arises an immediate necessity for the design of new facilities suited to the special needs of this illness. This thesis consists of a study for a new therapeutic care and support center for dementia, located in the district of Volos.
The compound is composed of the day care center and the unit for long term stay, which is divided to three smaller units. The center provides to the residents, their visitors but also to the public, the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops, therapeutic programs, and seminars. In this way a connection between the facility and the community is established so as tοdecrease the feelings of isolation and alienation among the residents. By informing the general public, aim is also to affect the mentality of our society in order to create a community that accepts all of its members, while providing for them equal opportunities and a support network.
Considering a lack of therapy for the majority of dementia types, aim of the compound is the mental strengthening and the conservation of the abilities of people with dementia, in an attempt to continue their daily lives while retaining their quality of life. The space is suited to their specific needs, assisting them with a sense of dignity.
Moreover, informing the public seems not only beneficial but necessary, to continue the conversation of dementia diseases and open our community to the people who for now seem to be excluded.