Wayfinding for people with dementia in a Dublin hospital (DemPath)

St James’s Hospital in Dublin has been in existence since 1727. St James’s Hospital, Dublin are involved in a large initiative ‘DemPath’ and within this undertook a project to improve the experiences of people with dementia within the hospital setting. The project “Wayfinding for people with dementia in a Dublin hospital” included making environment changes to make it more dementia-inclusive. This has covered a number of different areas including improved wayfinding. A wayfinding audit was undertaken involving people with dementia and all found the environment confusing but highlighted specific changes. Drawing on best practice examples environmental cues, including specially designed signage, have been introduced to help orientate people within a new building on the hospital campus. The aim is to extend this exemplar to key parts of the acute hospital.