Online module

Activities for the inpatient setting

45 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Engaging people with dementia in meaningful activity while in hospital is an important therapeutic care intervention that may reduce responsive behaviour as well as improve mood and wellbeing.

Cost free

This module has prerequisite requirements

Further details below

Suitable for people working in:

Acute Care,  Primary Care

This module is part of the course:

The view from here - acute care

Activities for the inpatient setting

DTA currently uses different terms for behaviour. We will be progressively moving to the term Changed Behaviour in all our content.

Activities for the inpatient setting

This module is part of the course, The view from here: skills in dementia care for acute settings. Enrol in this module or complete the full course.


Before undertaking this module you will need to complete the following:

We begin this module by unpacking what we mean by activity and the purpose of activity in the hospital setting.

You will learn how to assess what is meaningful to the individual person with dementia and how engagement in such activities can reduce responsive behaviours and improve mood.

The module includes 20 examples of activities suitable for the hospital environment and how to identify activities appropriate to the person's abilities, preferences and personality.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Identify meaningful activities for a person with dementia
  • Outline how the Need-driven Dementia-compromised Behaviour model (NDB) can be used to derive effective activity prescription
  • Recognise that recreational and social activity is an efficient strategy to reduce anxiety and enhance mood and well-being for some people with dementia
  • Identify some activity resources appropriate to the hospital setting

Continuing Professional Development

A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon successful completion of this module.


The View from Here was developed by:

  • Frederick Graham, Metro South Health
  • Sandra Jeavons, Elizabeth Miles and Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Dementia Training Australia, QUT

It is based on a face-to-face education program of the same name previously developed by Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre.

The View from Here has been reviewed by clinicians and academics with expertise in dementia care in acute care settings, delirium management and learning design.

The View from Here was developed with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

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Version history

Published: 29 Oct 2019
Updated: 14 Jul 2023

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