The King's Fund/University of Worcester environmental assessment tools


The King's Fund/University of Worcester environmental assessment tools - 2020 editions

In 2014 The King’s Fund developed a suite of Workflow dementia friendly environmental assessment tools for use across health and care settings. The 2020 editions have now been updated by the Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, to reflect the latest research evidence, best practice and survey responses from those who have used the tools in practice.

We are most grateful to The King’s Fund for their permission to update the tools, to the University of Worcester for funding the updates, and to the many people and organisations who have kindly given of their time to assist in the development of the 2020 editions. 

The 2014 assessment tools

In response to the Dementia Strategy and the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, The King’s Fund developed a suite of dementia friendly assessment tools for use in care settings. These comprised care homes, housing, health centres, hospitals and wards. In conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society, a booklet based on the assessment tools was designed to help people living at home with dementia make changes to their accommodation.

The first assessment tool for the ward environment was developed in collaboration with NHS trusts participating in The King's Fund enhancing the Healing Environment (EHE) programme. Since then over 70 care organisations have been involved in field testing the tools. The tools have been informed by research evidence, best practice and over 300 survey responses from those who have used the tools in practice. Each of the sections draws on this evidence to develop a rationale for effecting change in care environments. These rationales also address the visuospatial problems often associated with dementia.

You can read more about the tools in the article: The Development of Environmental Assessment Tools to support the creation of dementia friendly care environments: Innovative Practice, by Sarah Waller, Abigail Masterson and Simon Evans 2016.

Accessing the environmental assessment tools

There are five versions of the environmental assessment tools available according to which setting you would like to explore.  

  • Care home assessment tool
  • Housing assessment tool
  • Health centre assessment tool
  • Hospital assessment tool
  • Ward assessment tool

You can download a sample of one of the tools.

To download a copy of any of these tools please click here.

To view the bibliographies from the work carried out in 2014 and 2020 please click here.

You can access the Alzheimer's Society website to find out more information of how to make your home dementia friendly

We've also worked with Community First in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to develop a free guide and checklist to make village halls dementia friendly.