Following on from JTD pt 1, this part of the project details how design could play a role in bringing the intervention to life.
At the end of part 1, it was felt that people with dementia could benefit from an intervention, and that the materials and the staff, as well as the location played major roles in effective delivery.
There had been a gap since the first part of the project had concluded, with funding difficult to come by for Lab4Living to continue the work. In this time little service provision had changed, and the number of people diagnosed with Dementia was still increasing, but the context began to shift as an acceptance grew that people with Dementia could do more.
This second phase saw the creation of design led materials, that through an iterative process that included clinicians and designers working with participants, developed an intervention that could exist in a box.
The initial phase of the Journeying through Dementia research established that people living with dementia wanted and benefited from engagement in a community-based group programme.
A large Randomised Controlled Trial had highlighted the challenges experienced by facilitators in implementing the intervention. The second phase of the research therefore focused on the role of design in creating materials to support therapists in delivering groups in the community.