Provide meaningful activity to support the prevention and management of stress and distress

Everyone can contribute to personalised activity. Meaningful activity can support the prevention and management of stress and distress.

Person-centred care plans can be used to plan activities for each individual. Consider introducing meaningful activity during activities of daily living, including personal care and mealtimes.

Share your learning 

Share your learning across your hospital, NHS board and beyond. Our Dementia Learning System can support sharing learning. Please contact us at to share your improvement journey. 

Resources to support your improvements:

Resource Source What it is and what’s it for? 

Dementia in Hospitals Improvement Toolkit – Meaningful activity (ihub)

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Web based ‘Dementia in hospitals improvement toolkit’ section


Dementia Skilled Improving Practice (SSSC and NHS Education for Scotland)

NHS Education for Scotland


Resource designed for health and social service workers to develop their ability to support people with dementia, and their families and carers

TURAS Learn – Using activities, connections and communication to prevent distress

NHS Education for Scotland


Learning resource on how to prevent distress by using proactive approaches to communication, social networks and community connections.