Dementia: Structuring the Home Environment - The Lived Environment Short course

Due to the amount of material available to cover the former study day ‘Structuring the Home Environment’ has been split into two days:

  1. Structuring the Home Environment — Activities and Communication
  2. Structuring the Home Environment — The Lived Environment

Attendees may choose to attend either or both days depending on their interest area and availability.

York St John University
Course fees
Fee £95. Funded places are available
One-day study day/Two-day study day
Further dates TBC
Course Leader
Stephen Wey
Level and Credit:
Study Day

What will I learn?

The study days will present an integrated and enabling approach to structuring the home environment for people with dementia through the combination of interventions to reduce the demands of tasks and environments and interventions and techniques to facilitate the meaningful independence and wellbeing of the person with dementia.

This will include collaborative and enabling educational and practical interventions with carers, as well as consideration of the roles assistive technology, physical adaptations and communication and language play in creating an enabling environment to help maintain and enhance wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers.

Upon successful completion of this day, students will be able to:

  • evaluate the evidence base and rationale for interventions designed to maintain people with dementia in the home environment and support/enable carers
  • explore an approach combining structuring of the psychosocial environment to reduce demands and maximize functioning and wellbeing
  • increase awareness and critically evaluate the work of key authors in the field
  • evaluate current practice in the field of dementia rehab and enablement
  • share and reflect upon personal practice utilising case study examples

Who should attend?

This day is aimed at those working with people with dementia in the community setting and with people at all stages of dementia. Roles include: Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses and Psychologists.

How will it benefit my work?

You will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of interventions for people with Dementia to structure three aspects of the home environment: Structuring the physical environment, the social environment and activities and occupations.

You will be introduced to some of the evidence base for use in interventions for people with dementia and their carers in the home environment.

The day will focus in particular on ways of empowering carers and creating opportunities for people with dementia to engage meaningfully in their lived environment.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Fees and funding

Fee £95

Funded places are available

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20


Overseas 2019 / 20


Course leader biographies

Stephen Wey, Senior Lecturer at York St John University, is known nationally and internationally for his knowledge and expertise in dementia care and the person centred use of technology as a way to support independent living. Stephen runs our dementia rehabilitation courses. He offers consultancy to other organisations that wish to promote best practice in using technology within dementia care services.

Stephen has a long history of involvement with the development of rehabilitative and enabling services for older people, particularly specialist services for people with dementia, and falls and telecare services.

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