Reappropriating A Bus Stop For Alzheimer’s Patients

Reappropriating A Bus Stop For Alzheimer’s Patients

After staff at Benrath Senior Center noticed that wandering Alzheimer's patients were putting themselves in danger by escaping nursing facilities trying to get back home, they created a design solution to help prevent the issue.

Daniel Edmundson
  • 2 april 2010

After staff at Benrath Senior Center noticed that wandering Alzheimer’s patients were putting themselves in danger by escaping nursing facilities trying to get back home, they created a design solution to help prevent the issue.

As confused, restless patients left the Center, they would often journey towards their only means of transport: the local bus. But instead of further confining patients (and subsequently, their wandering psyches), they constructed a fake bus stop, directly adjacent to the clinic where they would gather and wait, fulfilling their freedom to escape but not directly placing them in danger. It has proved most effective for the Center, creating a new escape for the patients, but also creating an “other world” beyond the facilities that has helped staff to better mend reality.

Full story at Radiolab

(via Fast Company | img via Reiner Kraft)


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