Reality Reorientation is the outcome of an extended design research project into dementia care in the UK. Finding in our research that visitors of people with dementia often feel anxious about interactions during visits, we attempted to redesign the visitor. Our design contrasts reality orientation, a technique that advocates constantly presenting and correcting information about the time and place to people with dementia in order to attempt to bring them into the reality shared by the outside world.
The project culminated in a website that presents a method with which visitors of people living with dementia can better prepare and motivate themselves for visits through guided audio, improv workshops, and a story-sharing platform. This method suggests that instead of trying to bring a person who has dementia into collective "reality," visitors should work towards reorienting their own realities by trying to understand the current, sometimes surreal world of the person with dementia. The design outcomes also included a short documentary and a speculative film.
The site and research film can be viewed here and here.