Making a dementia friendly home
Making a Dementia friendly home is so important, it can slow down the symptoms and allow someone to remain independent and comfortable in an environment they are familiar with for longer.
The way a home is designed and laid out can have a big impact on someone with Dementia. Making a Dementia friendly home is so important, it can slow down the symptoms and allow someone to remain independent and comfortable in an environment they are familiar with for longer.
Symptoms of memory loss, confusion and difficulty learning new things means that someone with dementia may forget where they are, where things are and how things work. Making simple adaptations can be an easy way to make a dementia friendly home which will help manage symptoms.
What to do to make a dementia friendly environment
It is beneficial to assess the whole house for dangers and any potential risks and hazards which can be removed, for example a rug which may be uneven underfoot or easily tripped on. These dangers must be removed or improved on to make the environment safer.
It is important to pay attention to more dangerous areas of the house, such as the landings close to staircases, garages and possibly the kitchen. Think of these areas as those with the most hazards, for example in the kitchen there is hard flooring such as tiling or laminate, maybe installing a handrail as a precaution in case they become unsteady on their feet. Consider restricting areas of the home such as the garage, as generally they have more dangerous items in such as garden tools or larger items for storage.
Simple ways to make a dementia friendly environment
Here are some easy steps to making a dementia friendly home
- Reduce excess noise
- Safer flooring
- Contrasting colours
- Removing reflections (where possible)
- Labelling and signs (where necessary)
- Dementia-friendly items
- Outdoor spaces
- Family environment and surroundings
Be careful not to make too many changes, or unnecessary changes. A home should remain exactly that, a home. It needs to remain a familiar environment which is comfortable and liveable.
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Sometimes making the home a dementia friendly environment is not enough. Our team of specailist carers are for you and available to help keep you or a loved one safe and supported at home.
Please contact us to speak to someone in our team about dementia care in South Tyneside.
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