Relatively inexpensive changes to the design of health care environments can enhance the wellbeing of people with dementia, improve staff morale and reduce costs. The Royal College of Psychiatrists‘ Report of the National Audit of Dementia Care in General Hospitals indicated that many hospitals had not made suitable modifications. The Enhancing the Healing Environment (EHE) Assessment Tool was developed by the King’s Fund as a practical resource to assess the physical environment and answer the question “Is this hospital dementia friendly?”.
This assessment tool was developed in collaboration with NHS trusts participating in the King’s Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environment (EHE) programme. It based on research evidence and reflects best practice. It can be used across the full range of hospital settings where people with dementia and delirium receive assessment or care.
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The King’s Fund (2012). Is your hospital dementia friendly?: the EHE environmental assessment tool. London: The King’s Fund, 2013. 10p.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].