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Barbara Balocating Dunn

Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Title: Development of Inclusive Design Standards to support future home adaptations for people living with dementia


This paper reports a systematic literature review to establish a baseline of knowledge about UK Building Regulations (Part M and its Approved Document M) for minimum accessibility requirements in new homes). This baseline is being used to develop inclusive design standards that support future home adaptation to assist people living with dementia. Ten databases (Architect’s Journal, Avery Index, British Library on Demand, Compendex, CORE, Loughborough Library Research Repository, Ovid, Researchgate, Science Direct and Web of Science) were searched. The inclusion criteria were dated from 2012+, English language only, keyword of dementia, and UK ‘dwellings,’ or private homes. The search excluded studies focusing on the design and building of homes outside the UK as the requirement to meet the UK Building Regulations did not apply. Furthermore, the design and building of care, residential and nursing homes have also been excluded as assisted living facilities are specialist building types and therefore adhere to different design criteria. The search identified 2,131 studies of which 292 abstracts were screened and 144 were critically appraised using Pluye’s Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool (MMAT). The findings will be reported to identify specific areas for development of the first version of inclusive design standards to support future home adaptations to assist people living with dementia


Barbara Balocating Dunn is in the first year of her PhD funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust at Loughborough University School of Design & Creative Arts, UK. She is a qualified architect completing her undergraduate studies at Lawrence Technological University, USA and postgraduate and RIBA/ARB qualifications at Cardiff University, UK with 15 years of architectural experience. In 2020, Barbara completed an MSc in Human Factors for Inclusive Design at Loughborough (Dissertation: “Assessment of Approved Document M for its Suitability for Persons with Dementia”) and worked as a Research Associate in the area of Human Factors Systems analysis for pre-hospital (care home) response.