The Arts and Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals


This framework creates a link between arts activity and health research. It takes you through the various steps in developing an arts intervention in health and associated research study.




The Pool Activity Level (PAL) instrument for occupational profiling

PAL instrument

Developed by Jackie Pool, the Pool Activity Level (PAL) instrument has become the framework for care in settings across the UK for clients with cognitive impairments caused by conditions related to dementia, strokes and learning disabilities.

The PAL Instrument contains a valid and reliable tool for assessing level of ability which is recommended in the National Clinical Practice Guideline for Dementia (NICE, 2006), for activities of daily living and for leisure activity. The instrument also contains profiling tools for interpreting the assessment in order to plan and deliver effective, enabling care and support.

The PAL Instrument Book & the Digital PAL Instrument are availalble to buy from



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