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We improve care home environments with appropriate orientation aids including signage, reminiscence pictures, orientation boards and interactive points of interest items such as letter boxes, activity centres.


How Find Memory Care can help you Improve your Care Home Environment

Improving orientation increases confidence comfort helping to keep people calm and contributing to reducing falls too. Improving the environment in dining area’s encourages better eating habits helping people to keep health and avoid illnesses.

To promote activity and engagement around the care home we recommend interactive points of interest such as a café or bar where residents can get a drink whenever they want for example. Making better use of space with Murals, Window-cals and 3D elements makes the home a more comfortable, engaging and enjoyable place to live.

Our Dementia-specific activities, such as reminiscence jigsaws and memory games engage residents with appropriate levels of stimulation and use the power of reminiscence to stimulate conversation, interaction and good memories.

All these improvements contribute to maintaining the independence of a person living with dementia which has a positive effect on staff too, reducing absence and attrition.

Find has helped thousands of care homes to implement meaningful improvements, enhancing their environments to reduce the daily challenges of living with a dementia and enhancing quality of life.

Simple additions to a care home environment improve orientation, increasing self-confidence and independence among residents.

What can improving the care home environment achieve?

  • 50% reduction in incontinence
  • 60% reduction in agitation and aggression
  • 70% reduction in slips, trips and falls
  • 90% of challenging behaviour is caused by people and the environment
  • 79% reduction of sedentary behaviour by residents in care homes

For Care Home Residents

  • 1. Improved quality of life
  • 2. Reduction of incontinence episodes
  • 3. Reduced weight loss and improved appetite
  • 4. Fewer slips, trips and falls
  • 5. Improved orientation and way-finding
  • 6. Reduction in emotional instability – depression/frustration/anger
  • 7. Reduction in drug use and medication
  • 8. Increased life expectancy

For Care Home Staff

  • 1. Less task orientated role
  • 2. More quality time spent with residents
  • 3. Job satisfaction
  • 4. Less absence

For Everyone Else

  • 1. Reduced costs associated with incontinence
  • 2. Reduced attrition and better staff attendance
  • 3. Higher occupancy levels
  • 4. Better returns on training investment
  • 5. Increased social service referrals
  • 6. Improved CQC ratings
  • 7. Less wastage
  • 8. Fewer GP call-outs
  • 9. Reduced medication costs
  • 10. Fewer hospital admissions
  • 11. Less stress and pressure on friends and family through improved residents’ health and wellness

Objectives of creating an enabling care home environment

Unobtrusively Reduce Risks

Living with dementia demands internal and external environments that are safe, secure and easy to navigate so reducing unnecessary stress and challenges

However, obvious safety features and barriers will lead to frustration, agitation and anger so potential risks should be reduced unobtrusively.

Provide A Human Scale

The scale of a building will have an effect on the behaviour and feelings of a person with dementia. The experience of scale is determined by three factors; the number of people that person encounters, the overall size of the building and the size of the components, such as doors, rooms and corridors. A person should not be intimidated by the size of the surroundings or confronted with a multitude of interactions and choices. Rather the scale should help the individual feel in control.

Allow People To See And Be Seen

The provision of an easily understood environment will help to minimise confusion. It is important for people with dementia to be able to recognise where they are, where they have come from, and where they are going. If they can see key places, such as a lounge room, dining room, their own room, the kitchen or an outdoor area, it is easier to make choices and move around independently. Care homes that provide these opportunities are said to have good visual access, and this increases opportunities for engagement and gives the person with dementia more confidence to navigate their living space. 

Reduce Unhelpful Stimulation

Dementia reduces the ability to ‘filter’ stimulation such that prolonged or over-stimulation can be very stressful and have negative effects. A care home environment should be designed to avoid stimuli that are not helpful or needed. Furthermore, the full range of senses must be considered so auditory stimulation (ie too much noise) can be at least as distressing as too much visual stimulation

Optimise ‘good’ Stimulation

Enabling someone to see, hear and smell things that provide cues for orientation and what they may be looking for can help minimise confusion and uncertainty. Consideration needs to be given to providing redundant cueing i.e. providing a number of cues to the same thing, as well as recognising what is meaningful to one person will not necessarily be meaningful to another. Someone may recognise their room, for example, because of a view, the presence of furniture, or colour of the walls etc Cues need to be carefully designed so they only provide information which is useful or needed.

Support Movement And Engagement

Aimless wandering can be minimised by providing a well defined ‘journey’, free of obstacles and complex decision points, guiding people past points of interest and offering opportunities to engage with activities and where possible, incorporating the outdoors too.

Create A Familiar Space

People are more likely to use and enjoy spaces and objects that were familair to them at some point earlier in their life. The care home environment should afford opportunities to maintain competence through the use of familiar objects (internal and external) furniture, fittings and colours. This requires a degree of understanding of the backgrounds of those living in the care home so involving residents in decission making should be pursued whenever possible. 

Latest reviews for Care Homes


Average Rating for 5 reviews:

Unbreakable Lid and seal only

Ideal And Great Value

This is perfect for anyone who is struggling to grip and apt to spilling drinks. The colours help with those coping with advanced dementia

Drinking straw with one way non-return valve for dementia and alzheimer's care

Drinking Straw

Good item but could be improved. Valve can be removed for cleaning. It can be re-fitted upside down which renders the straw useless. If the wrong end of the valve had a slightly smaller dia. it would only fit one way.

Drinking straw with one way non-return valve for dementia and alzheimer's care

Good Product

Works well. My mum has problems with a straw due to Bells palsy and now finds drinking from a glass difficult due to a stroke. This has really helped. Would be even better if it was 5cms longer.

Fiddle Muff Activity Apron / Blanket

Brilliant Apron, Ticks Every Box!

Fantastic, so well thought through, ticks every box, the materials are so soft, my dad love it!

Therapy Doll with 2 outfits


Really works well with our Dementia customers, the ladies love it. One lady in particular gets very distressed but by giving her the doll she calms down and gently rocks it, so lovely to see . It is well worth the money.