- Andrews J (2013) A guide to creating a dementia-friendly ward. Nursing Times; 109: 8, 20-21
5 key points
- Admission to hospital may cause avoidable harm to people with undiagnosed dementia
- Good hospital design can help reduce the “care burden” of dementia
- Monitoring technology can reduce the need to observe patients
- All toilet doors should be a consistent, bright, contrasting colour
- Some people eat better if the setting is like a cafe or dining room
- 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?