Alzheimer's Society guide to the dementia care environment

Social and physical surroundings can affect people with dementia in a variety of ways. Read our guide to minimising risk in care environments.

Understanding how the internal and external features of care environments can influence well-being for people with dementia is essential in person-centred care.

This authoritative book includes photographs, illustrations and practical tips for minimising risk. Each section also contains advice on putting solutions into care practice.

The book is divided into guidance on internal and external care environments and also contains additional examples of good practice, practical information on assistive technology and suggestions of sources of further information. See the contents below:

The internal care environment

  • General principles
  • Entrances and exits
  • Corridors and hallways
  • Living rooms
  • Dining rooms
  • Residents' kitchens and kitchenettes
  • Activity rooms
  • Stairs and lifts
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms and toilets

Case study

  • The Limes

The external care environment

  • General principles
  • Landscaping
  • Planting
  • Lighting
  • Garden buildings
  • Garden furniture


  • Summary of recommendations
  • Critical dimensions for wheelchair users
  • Assistive technology
  • Further reading
  • Useful organisations

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