An enabling and supportive environment

The environment is comprised of a supportive social environment and an easily accessible built environment. An enabling and supportive environment ensures:

  • Access to flexible programs, services and supports
  • The social environment promotes meaningful participation, including those who are socially isolated
  • The social environment fosters safety and security, respects dignity of choice and reduces the risk of mistreatment, abuse, and neglect
  • The physical environment meets or exceeds current accessibility standards and older adults can safely access and maneuver within build environments

Keep the five guiding principles in mind as you have your community conversations. The guiding principles are important to consider when you are identifying your communities strengths and areas for improvement.

How do you ensure access to programs, services, and supports meet the needs and preferences of older adults?

Create a safe and secure social environment

Create a safe and secure physical environment

Meet or exceed accessibility standards and practices

Ensure access to buildings/spaces is accessible and safe

Ensure people are able to access and use buildings/spaces safely

See a working example of creating an enabling and supportive environment within the dementia context.