A new West Dunbartonshire Council housing development is to include a range of design measures to make the properties safer for residents with dementia.
The 22 homes at Creveul Court in Alexandria will include glazed doors in kitchen cupboards; traditional hot and cold taps rather than mixers; and contrasting colours used on doors and between walls and floors.
Lift access will be proved to the upper floors, with each landing having a different colour of flooring and tiling. A communal garden with sensory planting and sheltered spaces for gardening is also included in the plans.
West Dunbartonshire Council said that it anticipates the town centre location of the development to be of benefit to elderly tenants due to the close proximity to local services and public transport.
Councillor Diane Docherty, convener of housing and communities at West Dunbartonshire Council, said, “I am pleased to see these dementia-friendly additions to our design at Creveul Court. This will allow tenants to live as independently as possible and enjoy an active social life with their neighbours. This new development is a welcomed improvement in the heart of Alexandria and residents will be delighted to see the site now housing new purpose built and energy efficient homes right in centre of the town.”