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Specifying Dementia-Friendly Materials in Healthcare

June 21, 2021

To create comfortable, human-centered environments for residents in memory care communities, designers should consider these tips when it comes to selecting safe materials for floors and walls.

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About Our Guest:

Susan DrewSusan Drew is the market segment manager for Senior Living and Behavioral Mental Health for Altro Americas.

A graduate of the University of Alberta’s School of Business with almost 20 years of experience in the flooring/walling industry, Drew understands the importance of continuous improvement in human centered design.

In the past seven years, she has collaborated with the A&D community and end user groups across North America deepening her knowledge of the unique challenges of both the behavioral mental health and senior care environments.

Her passion is discovering and sharing with others solutions in the built environment that benefit our most vulnerable populations.


Want to see Altro in action?

Read and watch the case study on The Village Langley, a resident community that provides holistic care centered on forming relationships and finding a sense of place in one’s surroundings.

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Glen Willow Valley Serenade
Altro Serenade installed in the Glen at Willow Valley
Rendering of Altro Tegulis
Rendering of Altro Tegulis
Photo 1: Rendering of Altro Whiterock Wall Designs; Photo 2: Altro Aquarius installed in the Village at Langley
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Adrian Schley | Associate Editor

Adrian Schley is an Associate Editor for i+s, where she has been covering the commercial interior design industry since 2018. Her work can also be found in BUILDINGS and Meetings Today.