Those living with dementia often find many of the daily tasks they have grown accustomed to, suddenly confusing and very difficult to complete. Their cognitive function is severely reduced and they can become frustrated very easily, even in their own homes. With memory loss, confusion and difficulty learning new things being common symptoms of dementia, it is easy to understand why we need to make where they live as dementia friendly as possible.
But how can you make your home dementia friendly for your loved one suffering from the disease? Keep reading to find out.
Let’s take a look at some simple ways that you can make your home dementia friendly:
Improve Lighting - by improving the lighting in your home with more lights and brighter, LED light bulbs, you can make it easier for someone with dementia to avoid the common confusion they experience and help reduce the risk of falling due to a dimly lit room, hall or stairway. Try to reduce glares, shadows and reflections.
Reduce Excess Noise - noise is a very distracting factor for patients with dementia. It can increase their confusion and cause them discomfort, especially if they are wearing hearing aids. Add Carpets, cushions and curtains to rooms to help dampen the noise and be sure to reduce background noise wherever possible including turning off any televisions or radios that are not being used.
Install A Hob Angel - The Hob Angel is of particular benefit to memory challenged people, whether this is because of physical problems such as stroke or addictions issues. The unit has been designed to turn off the power to cooker hobs whenever an activated alarm is ignored.
Safer Flooring - while adding carpeting to your hard floors can help dampen the sound levels, you want to avoid area rugs as they could pose a tripping hazard. You also want to avoid flooring that is either shiny or reflective as these could be seen by dementia patients as being wet, causing them to struggle walking over it.
Labels And Signs - adding labels and signs around your home can make it easier for someone with dementia to get around and find the rooms they are looking for when they forget their location.
Dementia-Friendly Household Items - there are many innovative devices designed to make life easier for those suffering from dementia. From clocks with large LCD displays and telephones with big buttons, to assistive technology devices and apps for smartphones and tablets, there are many products available that can help you make your home dementia friendly.
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