Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

How does the environment of an acute ward affect people with dementia?

  • Comments (1)

5 key points

  1. Admission to hospital may cause avoidable harm to people with undiagnosed dementia
  2. Good hospital design can help reduce the “care burden” of dementia
  3. Monitoring technology can reduce the need to observe patients
  4. All toilet doors should be a consistent, bright, contrasting colour
  5. Some people eat better if the setting is like a cafe or dining room


Let’s discuss

  • After reading this article, list the environmental features on your ward which may have a detrimental effect on people with dementia.
  • Think about your ward. If you had an unlimited budget how could you adapt your ward to make it suitable for people with dementia?
  • Using current resources, what changes could you make to your ward to improve the lives of people with dementia?
  • How could you change your own practice to support people with dementia when they are admitted to hospital?
  • Comments (1)

Readers' comments (1)

  • Anonymous

    Hospitals have had dementia wards for years , they used to be called Geariatric Wards designed and run by Geariatricians , why hasn't it been sorted out yet, I wonder.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.