Dementia is unfortunately one of the most common neurological diseases worldwide, with over 50 million people diagnosed. Dementia, as we all know, over time, robs a person’s memory, often leaving them confused and in need of social care. Those living with dementia, whether they’re going through a good or a bad day, typically have to let independence give way to accepting some help for safety. But, as the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted, the UK’s social care was strained beforehand and even more so now. Helping to give patients with dementia independence helps their self-confidence and lessens the need for social care. Here are some ways to help foster independence.Notes and Instructions
For lots of dementia patients, especially at the beginning when they can still read and understand instructions, leaving sticky notes and memos around can be a great way to foster independence. Typically, families identify certain areas where the forgetfulness is more evident, so reminders here and there are a great way to ensure someone is safe and guided, but not stifled and smothered!Physical Activity
When we talk of dementia the focus is very much on the brain, but physical activity is important too. Maintaining strength and mobility is good for the body, the brain and mental health. In fact, the healthier a person physically usually helps maintain a level of memory and independence.Home Adaptations
Safety is key when it comes to dementia. Carers, a lot of the time, are able to be hands-off but keep an eye on the safety and security of the property, which is why home adaptations can be a saving grace for fostering independence. There are a few ways to make a home dementia friendly such as ensuring there are no trip hazards or awkward layouts, keep everything clutter free and install safety equipment such as rails and sensors.
The Hob Angel® is a highly practical safety device which reduces the risk of fires, smoke inhalation and hospitalisation through automatically turning off power to the hob if an audible alarm is not acknowledged after the cooker has been on for a certain period of time. It’s easy to use and can be automatic or manually controlled through an app which is fantastic for carers who are assisting from afar.
The more we develop the home safety market for dementia patients, the more independent people with dementia can be, which is why we need your help! Contribute to our crowdfunding campaign and bring the hob angel to the people who need it!