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The purpose of this handbook is to assist users of the Environmental Assessment Tool (EAT) to systematically review and create better
environments for people living with dementia. The EAT was first published by NSW Health in 2003 as the Environmental Audit Tool. It is organised around a number of key design principles.
There are four parts in the handbook.
- Part 1 ‘Key Design Principles’ contains a description of key design principles.
- Part 2 ‘The Environmental Assessment Tool’ introduces the EAT and provides directions for its use.
- Part 3 ‘Using the Spreadsheet’ contains a guide to scoring the EAT and showing the results graphically.
- Part 4 ‘Applying the Principles’ provides information about the questions contained in the EAT and outlines design considerations for each of the questions.
- Handbook pdf (76 pages): EAT handbook
- Scoring spreadsheet (Excel): EAT scoring template 1.2
- BEAT-D app:
This resource is number 2 in a suite of 6
Resource 3: Environmental Assessment Tool HANDBOOK
Resource 6: Indigenous Aged Care Design Guide
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- Asset Type Print Materials
- Learning Pathway Inquiry, Implementation
- Topic Areas Dementia (general), Responsive Behaviours, Medication Management, Sexualities, Palliative Care, Dementia Diagnosis, Dementia Assessment, Change Management, Leadership, Homelessness
- Target Audience Residential Aged Care, Hospital, Respite Care, Hospice or Palliative Care, Civic, Retail
- Target Occupations Medical & Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health & Care Support, Services, Management & Administration, Design & Civic, Education & Evaluation, Person Living with Dementia / Family Carer, Researcher, Medical Specialist, General Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Psychogeriatrician, Pharmacist, Podiatrist, Intern or resident, Nurse Specialist, Registered Nurse, Practice Nurse, Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, Enrolled Nurse, Assistant in Nursing, Student Nurse, Psychologist, Social Worker, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Dietician Nutrition Specialist, Complementary or Alternative Therapist, Leisure / Lifestyle / Recreational / Diversional Therapist, Personal Care Worker, Housekeeping, Hospitality, Cleaning, and Maintenance, Transport, Grooming, Assessment Services, Spiritual Services, Executive or Senior, Middle Manager, Reception or Administration, Architect, Interior /Outdoor design, Town Planning, Retail or Public Infrastructure, Accreditation, Academic, Undergraduate Student
- Target Populations Anyone with Dementia
Richard Fleming & Kirsty Bennett