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See Through Their Eyes

People with dementia see the world differently. What may look ‘normal’ to you could potentially disorientate them, causing distress or even injury. As a result, the buildings they use must be designed with a deep understanding of the ways in which those with dementia will experience them – from the types of materials used to the interplay of different colours.


Glaucoma - causing loss of peripheral vision

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration - causing loss of central vision


Cataracts - meaning opacification of the lens


Hemianopia - causing the person to see one half-side only

In addition, people with dementia may suffer from normal age-related visual impairments, such as:

  • Dry-eye syndrome, causing a gritty feeling and a sensation of tiredness in the eyes
  • Thickening lenses, causing hazier vision
  • Diminished ability to discriminate between colours and sensitivity to glare
  • Short- or long-sightedness

At Gradus and our parent company Gerflor, we pride ourselves on our ability to help create buildings in which people with dementia can live happy and comfortable lives. This means understanding both the unique viewpoints of those with the condition – and also of everyone in the supply chain, from architects and specifiers to contractors and installers.

See through their eyes – it’s what we do.

Dementia designs – on demand

Introducing the Gradus Dementia Design Tool. Combining all our products in one place, it enables designers to create complete dementia-inclusive design schemes for care environments, providing total peace of mind that your design scheme is fully compliant.

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Many of our products have been accredited by the world-leading Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling for use in dementia living areas – with Carezone carpet, a brand of Gerflor, rated 1a.


We spoke to some key figures in the chain that creates a dementia-inclusive environment, each of whom gave their unique perspective on designing for dementia. Read what they had to say here.

The Campaign

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Groundwork & Age UK

We teamed up with Groundwork UK to create a dementia-inclusive garden at Age UK Tameside in Ashton-under-Lyne. The project saw us help transform the centre’s tired outdoor area into a thriving greenspace that allows the centre’s users to take part in relaxing and meaningful activities. Watch the video to learn more.

For more information, get in touch on 0808 196 5640

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