Looking at an environmental audit for the care home, what course should I aim? | QCS

Hi Senga

I support people who live with dementia and have been advised to look at an environmental audit for the care home which may improve the outcomes for people, which of course is my aim. I can’t find the audit, are you aware of it?




Senga Currie
Answered by Senga Currie

Hi Bertha

Yes, I can help you with that.

It is surprising how making a few changes to the environment can have an impact on service users lives. I looked at this with a group of care homes. We recorded the statistics on falls and incidents of complex behaviour, did the audit and implemented suggested changes, then examined the same statistics again. We were all surprised at the reduction in falls and incidents of complex behaviour.

I would urge you to conduct this audit and try to implement as many changes as possible and measure the results. This will demonstrate self- evaluation improving outcomes for people. You will find some suggested environmental audits below.

The Environmental Audit Tool Handbook

Is your care home dementia friendly? EHE Environmental Assessment Too

Good Luck

About Senga Currie

Senga has been a registered mental nurse and registered general nurse for 38 years, working in various areas within the NHS, community nursing, the field of addictions and the private sector.

Since 1998 she has been working with care homes, starting as a nursing sister and moving into roles of home manager, regional manager, care services manager and regulation manager. Read more

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