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The impact of improved environment in a care home

Abbott, S., Mary, B. & Meyer, J. (2016). The impact of improved environment in a care home. The Journal of Dementia Care, 24(6), pp. 23-25.


Following the refurbishment of a care home for people with dementia, this paper reports the findings of a small qualitative study (n=25) of staff perceptions of the impact of the improved environment on both staff and residents. Findings suggest that, whilst there was perceived beneficial impact for residents, there appeared to be more mixed impact for staff. In addition, there were differing views on what constituted ’homeliness’ and it was generally recognised that environmental factors alone did not assure a good quality of life and care. Given the recent investment by Government on improving the environment for people with dementia, these findings highlight the importance of taking a more holistic approach to changing practice.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Residential care; dementia; built environment
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
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