The Dementia Friendly Community Environmental Assessment Tool provides a relatively simple checklist. It takes in many of the regular aspects of accessibility overlaid with design thought for people with dementia. A good place to start your thinking.
The more recent online resource from Dementia Training Australia expands on the 2015 edition and goes into more detail. Sections can be downloaded separately. There are three parts in the handbook:
- 1 ‘Key Design Principles’ contains a description of key design principles.
- 2 ‘The Dementia Friendly Community – Environmental Assessment Tool introduces the tool and provides directions for its use.
- 3 ‘Using the Spreadsheet’ contains a guide to scoring and showing the results graphically.
This assessment tool is No. 5 in a set of 7 resources within the Environmental Design Resources Handbook.
There is also a free app to guide you through an assessment on the strengths and weaknesses of buildings for people with dementia. The website has more resources covering both community living and residential care.
Tools that measure the quality of building used by people with dementia identify strengths and weaknesses. We can then make them more supportive of people with dementia.