In response to the Dementia Strategy and the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, The King’s Fund developed a suite of dementia friendly assessment tools for use in care settings. These comprised care homes, housing, health centres, hospitals and wards. In conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society, a booklet based on the assessment tools was designed to help people living at home with dementia make changes to their accommodation.
How the assessment tools were developed
The first assessment tool for the ward environment was developed in collaboration with NHS trusts participating in The King's Fund enhancing the Healing Environment (EHE) programme. Since then over 70 care organisations have been involved in field testing the tools. The tools have been informed by research evidence, best practice and over 300 survey responses from those who have used the tools in practice. Each of the sections draws on this evidence to develop a rationale for effecting change in care environments. These rationales also address the visuospatial problems often associated with dementia.
You can read more about the tools in the article: The Development of Environmental Assessment Tools to support the creation of dementia friendly care environments: Innovative Practice, by Sarah Waller, Abigail Masterson and Simon Evans 2016.
Accessing the Environmental Assessment Tools
There are five versions of the environmental assessment tools available according to which setting you would like to explore. These are available to download free of charge as PDF versions. Click on any of the images below to learn more about using the environmental assessment tools or to access the Alzheimer's Society booklet.