This section of the Hospital Environmental Audit Tool (HEAT) contains modules that look at how the environment in the ward spaces of a hospital meet older people’s needs and enable them to participate in their care.

There are five modules in this section:

  • Rooms and bed bays
  • Bathroom
  • Communal spaces
  • Lighting, signage and wayfinding
  • Furniture, equipment and handrails

Most suggestions arising from these audits would take some budget and/or timeframe to implement. Several modules have a version that contains ideas that can be implemented with little or no budget and a short timeframe. These can be found in the section: On the ward - limited resources.

The modules in this section are each expected to take between 20 minutes and 30 minutes to complete. The audit modules may be completed individually or as part of a broader audit of the ward or other parts of the facility. The modules are not designed to be used for major refurbishments or new builds.