Dr. Garuth Chalfont

Therapeutic Nature Design and Consulting

Mail: garuth@chalfontdesign.com

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. PROSPERO 2017:CRD42017069527
Available from: http: http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42017069527 (Link)

International Observatory for End of Life Care (IOELC) -
Researcher on these projects:
PACE - EU 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. http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/DEM/current (In press, check back later)

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. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/20420911111142740 (Link)

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. www.morebooks.de

Chalfont, G. E. (2008). Design for Nature in Dementia Care. Bradford Dementia Group Good Practice Guide. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. http://www.jkp.com/uk/design-for-nature-in-dementia-care.html 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.

About Dr. Chalfont

Dr Garuth Chalfont, is a leading practitioner in the art and science of healing gardens, therapeutic spaces, and dementia gardens that incorporate the natural world into the healing process. He designs and builds engaging outdoor spaces in dementia care environments. Hands-on training workshops facilitate their active and enjoyable use by residents, staff and families. At Lancaster University, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Centre for Ageing Research his focus is multimodal non-pharmacological contributions to secondary dementia prevention. He explores the benefits of the natural world for holistic health (mind-body-soul). This includes researching the nature gardens he has designed in the UK. Dementia Beat Camp (Facebook page) and the Dementia Pioneers (local activist group) interpret and promote the evidence gained through his research into culturally relevant lifestyle change.


Flat 1, The Old Rectory
Rectory Gardens
Lancaster LA2 0ED
United Kingdom
garuth @ chalfontdesign.com