Digital Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument | QCS

Digital Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument


Dementia is a growing challenge. It is estimated that by 2025, the number of people living with dementia in the UK will be more than 1 million. As one of the most important health and social care issues facing the world, continuous post-diagnostic care and support are vital.

With this in mind, QCS is proud to be working with Jackie Pool, a world leading expert in dementia and the founder and creator of the Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument.


Working together the PAL Instrument is now free for you to access.

The PAL Instrument uses a strengths-based approach, opposed to where we only focus on the difficulties people living with dementia might have and disable them. It contains a valid and reliable assessment tool for assessing the overall level of individual cognitive and functional ability. A PAL Guide that describes how to support the person at that level of ability is produced from the completed assessment. The PAL Instrument is a widely used framework in care settings across the UK and around the world.

Conditions of use: This QCS PAL Instrument is a standardised, reliable and valid tool and you must not alter the content, including the copyright information. The QCS PAL Instrument is free to use for supporting therapy, care and activity plans for individuals. If you wish to use the QCS PAL Instrument for your company’s commercial benefit, please contact QCS to discuss a license agreement. Copyright – QCS PAL Instrument 2021.

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    How can QCS help you further deliver outstanding dementia care?

    By using the QCS PAL Instrument as a scaffold, QCS Dementia Centre will help transform how care professionals support each individual’s cognitive needs and abilities.

    QCS Dementia Centre is a resource hub of evidence-based tools and content offering guidance on HOW to deliver great dementia care and evidencing excellence through visible staff actions and impact on service user wellbeing.


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