Home improvements for those living with dementia

In the Sunday Times Home section on 16/11/2014 Cally Law outlined simple steps to help people living with dementia in their daily lives. The article focused on practical changes to the home as remaining at home for as long as possible is usually the preferred option. However many of the ideas can be implemented wherever that home may be and include both low and high tech innovations.

The article highlighted improvements in lighting, the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living areas as well as assistive technology where changes can be made to help make life easier, safer and more enjoyable for those living with dementia.

You can read the whole article here:

https://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/style/homes_and_gardens/Improve/article1483174.ece

If you cannot access The Sunday Times online here are some of the suggestions that can help whether living at home or in a care environment.

Lighting

Extra light helps brains affected by dementia as they are less able to process visual signals. Ensure light gets into the room by ensuring that heavy curtains are pulled back and unnecessary nets removed.

Bedroom and Bathroom

Bright contrasting colours chosen for fittings and bed linen can help to identify objects such as the loo seat and bed. 

Living areas

Beware of rugs as these can be a trip hazard and it is important to do as much as possible to avoid falls.

Assistive Living

You can buy talking photo albums! These have a message recorded for each image and are available at talkingproducts.com - what a fantastic Christmas present...

For more advice on improvements to the home the Alzheimer’s Society has a factsheet you can download here:

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/download_info.php?fileID=1777

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