Designing Hospital Environments for People with Dementia – two-day Residential Workshops

There is increasing evidence that the environment of care, particularly in acute hospitals, can have a significant effect on people who have dementia. Yet health professionals and estates and facilities staff often struggle with how best to create a therapeutic environment for people with dementia. The Kings Fund are running a number of two-day workshops to help you improve your dementia care environment.

The events will take place on 5th and 6th September 2012 at Alexandra House near Swindon (a limited number of places are left) and 5th and 6th March 2013 at Horwood House near Milton Keynes. The latter new date has been added due to the overwhelming success of the workshop in May which was fully booked.

For further information, please visit or contact Gurinder Whall on 020 7307 2661 or email

EHE 2012-2013 dementia workshop flyer (PDF,250K)

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5 Responses to Designing Hospital Environments for People with Dementia – two-day Residential Workshops

  1. sarah potts says:

    my family are stressed over my mums illness it has all happened so fast ,with in a few months , my dad died 5 years ago and she has never got over it ,she niw has heart probs lung also then the dementia set in , now she has to go in a care home ,havin her own home that her and my dad worked hard all their lives for ,now it has to be sold to take care for her what ever time she has left, some how where is the justise ,when so many get so much for doin nothing, my mum and dad came to england with me as a 7 month old the clothes they stood in and a suit case ,57 years ago and have claimed for nothing ,now what does an old lady have to do to be looked after .

    • Renate says:

      Dementia is a subject which we’d all rhetar not explore, yet we all have to at some point, as you say. I have been a visitor in good and bad homes and also seen the care available at the patient’s own home. The disease is a dreadful curse I wouldn’t wish on anyone.May I wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas, dear Freda.

    • Donnavin says:

      Congratulations! It will be wonderful to hear from the music care cuotmnimy whose members will be excited to participate in meaningful dialogue about the value of music and sound in wellness and care settings. I have admired your work since hearing you speak at a PSW conference several years ago. I can’t always get my colleagues to understand the importance of the right vibration for the situation ( they’re deaf; what’s the difference if we play rock music in the dining room ). But my experience with palliative care has always born out the value of peaceful sounds that are in tune with the vibration of the heartbeat. I once turned off a television in a palliative room and found a radio station playing Blue Skies, Smiling at Me . As I hummed along I watched the patient slowly and quietly take her last breaths free from listening to tv commercials.That’s the kind of stories I hope to hear from inspired others.

  2. Sam Apex says:

    Instead of millions being invested into creating these environments for people suffering from dementia, the money should creating more social care jobs to allow suffers from dementia the care, support and independance that carers give to them.

    Sam Apex

    • Jody says:

      In reply Kieran sent the relevant parts of the Governments rssponee to the listening’ exercise:3.45. We will therefore make it explicit in the Bill and in regulations under the Bill that clinical commissioning groups will be responsible for arranging emergency and urgent care services within their boundaries, and for commissioning services for any unregistered patients who live in their area – in other words, they will be responsible for their whole population, not just registered patients, except in respect of those services that the NHS Commissioning Board is responsible for. They will need to work coherently with local partners to best serve local health needs – and in order to achieve that coherence, a significant majority of the registered patients that a clinical commissioning group is responsible for will have to live within the commissioning group’s boundaries.3.46. The Forum’s report states that “Better integration of commissioning across health and social care should be the ambition for all local areas.” We agree. As Chapter 5 discusses, clinical commissioning groups will have a duty to promote integrated health and social care around the needs of service users. And we accept the recommendation in the Forum’s report that the boundaries of clinical commissioning groups should not normally cross those of local authorities. Any departure from this will need to be clearly justified. 3.47. If a commissioning group wishes to be established on the basis of boundaries that would cross local authority boundaries, it will be expected to demonstrate to the NHS Commissioning Board a clear rationale in terms of benefits for patients: for example, if it would reflect local patient flows or enable the group to take on practices where, overall, this would secure a better service for patients. Further, they would need to provide a clear account of how they would expect to achieve better integration between health and social care services. 3.48. The NHS Commissioning Board would need to agree these proposed boundaries as part of the establishment process. Before establishing any clinical commissioning group, the Board will be required to seek the views of emerging health and wellbeing boards. Health and wellbeing boards may choose to object, and the NHS Commissioning Board will always have to satisfy itself that any such objections have been taken properly into account.

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