Dr Garuth Chalfont, PhD ASLA FRGS - Researcher and Landscape Architect

Recent design and research projects:

Chalfont, G. E., Christine Milligan, Jane Simpson.(2017).
"Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) Lancaster University - Secondary dementia prevention through non-pharmacological multimodal interventions - systematic review."
A mixed methods systematic review of multimodal non-pharmacological interventions to improve cognition for people with dementia: protocol.

Available from PROSPERO

PROSPERO 2017:CRD42017069527

International Observatory for End of Life Care (IOELC) -
Researcher on these projects:

Project on the effectiveness of palliative care in long term care facilities across Europe.
Service evaluation of the 'Hospice in your Care Home project' by Wigan and Leigh Hospice to local care homes.

Chalfont Design - Health Innovation & Education Cluster (HIEC) Central Lancashire NHS PCT -
Researched the garden environments of a nursing home and a day care service to:
(a) evaluate post-occupancy use by people with dementia and distressed behaviour,
(b) determine healthcare needs and aspirations of service users, families, staff and management,
(c) improve rehabilitative and therapeutic connection to nature for residents,
(d) design environments, train staff and families to use them and
(e) project manage garden renovation
(f) collect and analyse data concerning daily garden use and benefits to residents.
Chalfont, G. and Alex Walker (2013).
Dementia Green Care Handbook of Therapeutic Design and Practice.
Mesa, Arizona: safehouse books. Download free handbook here:

Dementia Green Care Handbook (pdf)
White, P.C.L., Wyatt, J., Chalfont, G., Bland, J.M., Neale, C., Trepel, D., Graham, H. (2017)
'Exposure to nature gardens has time-dependent associations with mood improvements for people with mid- and late-stage dementia: Innovative practice'. Dementia.

SAGE Journals
Merseycare NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK -
Designed therapeutic courtyard garden landscapes for patients with acute mental illness, learning disabilities and dementia at two new mental health hospitals.

Department of Health, Arena Housing, Central Lancashire PCT & Lancashire County Council, Extra-care Housing Scheme, Ormskirk -
Dementia flats, 111 apartments, enhanced dementia day care & bistro. Designed garden areas for social, recreational and horticultural activities for health and therapeutic benefits.

Central Lancashire NHS PCT, Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire County Council, Alzheimer's Society & Age Concern, Charnley Fold Community Mental Health Resource -
Advised on building renovation of enhanced day care service; designed gardens to support and reinforce rehabilitative interventions and therapeutic activities; conducted ongoing training to enable staff to continue to develop the service and to use the outdoor areas to fully benefit service users. Chalfont, G. E. (2011). 'Charnley Fold: A Practice Model of Environmental Design for Enhanced Dementia Day Care'. Social Care and Neurodisability, 2(2), pp.69-78.

University of Sheffield - The INDEPENDENT Project
(Investigating enabling domestic environments for people with dementia), an EPSRC project with Liverpool University and Bath Institute for Medical Engineering to investigate, design and trial assistive technology for enjoyment and Quality of Life.

Chalfont, G. (2011). Connection to Nature at the Building Edge: Towards a Therapeutic Architecture for Dementia Care Environments.

Saarbrucken: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Chalfont, G. E. (2008).
Design for Nature in Dementia Care.
Bradford Dementia Group Good Practice Guide. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
SheffCare Ltd, Sheffield UK -
Engaged with staff, residents and families to improve quality of life through domestic activities and special projects in 6 homes. Garden design and project management.

Chalfont, G. E. & Trish Hafford-Letchfield, (2010).
'Leadership from the bottom up: Reinventing dementia care in residential and nursing home settings'.
Social Work & Social Sciences Review, 14(1), pp.27-46.

Chalfont, G. E. (2008). 'The Living Edge: Connection to nature for people with dementia in residential care.'
In Froggatt, K. A., Davies, S. & J. Meyer (Eds.) Understanding Care Homes: A Research and Development Perspective. pp. 109-131. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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