fastingFor the first time Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) have considered how well healthcare environments support the provision of care to those with dementia.

Now in its third year, the report provides the results of assessments of healthcare premises within the NHS and independent sectors in England made by teams which comprise at least 50 per cent patients. This latest report covers the assessments for 2015, with comparable data for 2014.

The new HSCIC assessment focuses particularly on flooring, decor and signage but additionally looks at other facilities including seating and handrails, which can help those who have dementia but are not issues solely related to dementia.

However, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said the figures reveal "a significant number of hospitals and care settings still have a long way to go to fully meet the needs of patients with dementia".

It’s estimated that just over a quarter of the over 70’s admitted to hospital have previously diagnosed dementia and 50% have some form of cognitive impairment," she added. "The Prime Minister David Cameron has talked of an ongoing challenge to tackle dementia. This challenge must continue by providing improved and appropriate hospital care and more dementia friendly environments for patients with this long-term condition."

The report assesses other areas of healthcare premises including:
- Cleanliness
- Food and hydration
- Privacy, dignity and wellbeing and
- Condition, appearance and maintenance

Read the report in full at: www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/place15