Mid Year Dementia Environment Audit

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Mid-Year Dementia Environment Audit

Families And Staff

1. Does the Care Home look and feel welcoming?


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2. Is the entrance obvious with the doorbell easy to use?


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3. Home gives a good first impression (clean, tidy and cared for).


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4. Are there social areas available like day rooms and lounges?


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5. Layout of the lounge is appropriate to encourage conversation.


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Lighting

1. Good natural light in bedrooms and social spaces available.


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2. Level of light is comfortable and appropriate and can be adjusted for care needs.


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3. Light switches contrast with the walls so they are easy to see.


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4. Natural light from the windows are even, without pools of light or dark areas.


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5. Lighting designed to support normal sleep and wake patterns (blackout curtains).


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6. Decoration of home is age appropriate and culturally sensitive.


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7. Views of nature is maximised (low windows and using natural materials and colours).


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8. Is there independent access to the outside space?


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9. Internal and external planting been chosen to be colourful and non-toxic.


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Eating And Drinking

1. Residents and their relatives have constant independent access to hot and cold drinks.


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2. Residents have independent access to snacks and finger food.


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3. Residents and their relatives have access to cooking facilities.


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4. Crockery and glassware is of familiar design and in distinctive colour contrasting tables, trays and food.


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5. Do residents have a choice of where to eat?


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6. Large dining areas divided so it's domestic in scale.


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7. Enough space and chairs available for someone to assist residents with eating.


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Toilet Facilities

1. Signs to the toilet can be seen from all areas.


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2. All toilet doors painted in a single distinctive colour and do they have the same clear signage.


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3. Toilet seats, flush handles and rails are in a colour contrasting the toilet walls and floor.


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4. Taps are clearly marked as hot and cold.


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5. Basins and baths are of familiar design for easy use.


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6. Toilet rolls are accessible and can be easily reached from the toilet.


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7. Any installed sensor lights are set to allow sufficient time for completion any toilet duties.


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Environment And Mobility

1. Space available to walk around independently both, inside and outside the home.


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2. Flooring in the home is matt, of consistent colour and without speckles, pebble effects or stripes.


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3. Flooring is of a colour contrasting with the walls and furniture.


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4. Handrails in the corridors are of colour contrasting with the walls.


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5. Are there small seating areas for residents to rest along the corridors?


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6. Age appropriate points of interests available in the home (photographs, art works of a size that can be easily seen).


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7. Lifts are easy to find and with large control buttons.


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8. Sheltered seating areas are made available in the outside spaces.


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9. Layout of the outside areas are designed to encourage engagement and activity (returning pathways, raised flower beds).


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Environment And Orientation

1. Doors have a clear vision panel to show where they lead to.


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2. Signs are of a good size and of a contrasting colour to be easily seen.


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3. All signs use pictures and words to be easily understood and hung at a height that can be easily viewed.


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4. Pictures, objects and colours used to help people find their way around.


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5. Bedrooms are personalised through the use of names, accent colours, memory boxes, personal furniture and photographs.


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6. Mirrors are placed carefully to avoid disorientation and can be covered if required.


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7. Strong patterns avoided on wall coverings, furnishings and flooring.


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8. Personal objects such as self-care items are situated where residents can find them.


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9. Large face clock is easily visible in all areas including bedrooms.


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10. Residents have access to a calendar.


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Atmosphere Of Care Home

1. Spaces are kept clutter free and any signs are kept to a minimum to avoid distraction and confusion.


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2. Noise absorbent surfaces are used on floors and ceilings to aid noise reduction.


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3. Background noise is kept to a minimum including doorbells, call systems and sensor alarms.


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4. Residents have control over the sounds they hear, they can listen to their own choice of music, watch TV.


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5. Doors to exits are clearly marked only "staff only" areas are disguised.


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6. Appropriate level of safety and security is maintained in the home.


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7. Appropriate facilities available to support enhanced or end of life care.


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8. All hazardous liquids and solids locked away (cleaning materials).


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