Know-me: A toolkit for designing personalised dementia care

Gubing Wang*, Armagan Albayrak, Eef Hogervorst, Tischa J.M. van der Cammen

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Personalisation is a crucial element in providing person-centred care for people with de-mentia. This paper presents the development and evaluation of a design toolkit to facilitate the work of designers and healthcare professionals in personalising dementia care. This toolkit, named “Know-me”, was grounded in the findings of Ergonomics in Aging, Co-design, and Data-enabled Design, derived from literature review and from the field during a four-year doctorate project. “Know-me” was designed to be easily accessible, flexible, and engaging, providing concrete and hands-on guidance for designers and healthcare professionals to use in designing for personalised dementia care. A proof-of-concept evaluation of the “Know-me” toolkit was conducted via student projects on design for dementia care. During this process, we found that “Know-me” could be adapted flexibly so that the care team could use some of the tools by themselves. A feature-by-feature comparison of the “Know-me” toolkit with similar state-of-the-art toolkits was conducted, and based upon this, the strengths and weaknesses of the “Know-me” toolkit are discussed. This preliminary study indicates that the “Know-me” toolkit is a helpful addition to the current pool of toolkits on designing for dementia care.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5662
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Co-design
  • Data-enabled design
  • Dementia
  • Design education
  • Design tool
  • Ergonomics
  • Human-centred design
  • Nursing homes
  • Personalised dementia care


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