Publication Date


First Advisor

Rebecca Davis


Wayfinding is defined as the ability of an individual to find their way in an environment. Long term care (LTC) communities are very difficult for wayfinding, especially for persons with cognitive impairment. There is very little scientific evidence for design elements to assist individuals with wayfinding. In this study we created a tool based on the literature to evaluate the quality of LTC communities for wayfinding design. For this study, the tool was piloted to review the wayfinding design of seven LTC communities. Descriptive statistics were used to determine the highest and lowest scored areas. A table of mean and mode scores and the range will be included in the poster and discussed. This information can be used to determine what alterations can be made to these communities to increase their wayfinding effectiveness.