Dementia-friendly environments is a comprehensive and user-friendly online resource for service providers, carers and families who support people with dementia.
The resource was originally developed for use in residential aged care facilities; however the information and advice is useful to anyone who wants to create an environment that is more friendly, inclusive and supportive for people with dementia - whether the environment is a residential care setting, hospital, community health service, private home, backyard, shop or public space.
The guide was developed by the department and is based on current research, knowledge and practical experience in building or renovating physical environments and providing high-quality, person-centred services. This guide will continue to develop as dementia care practice evolves with ongoing experience and research.
Designing for people with dementia
An introduction to living with dementia, designing for people with dementia, and principles for creating dementia-friendly spaces.
Maintaining personal identity
Changes you can make now to enhance respect, dignity and a sense of self for people with dementia.
Changes you can make now to support people with dementia to participate and engage in meaningful and pleasurable living.
Dining areas, kitchens and eating
Changes you can make now to promote positive eating experiences for people with dementia.
Changes you can make now to design the right bathrooms and bathing experiences for people with dementia.
Gardens and outdoor spaces
Changes you can make now to promote enjoyable activities in dementia-friendly gardens and outdoor areas.
Changes you can make now by using assistive technology to support people with dementia.
Staff education and support
Changes you can make in organisational culture and education to maximise staff support for people with dementia.
Strategies, checklists and tools
Over 40 information sheets with strategies, checklists and tools on topics ranging from activities to interior design.
Reviewed 24 November 2021