Most people with Dementia wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, but as a person’s Dementia progresses, they may find everyday tasks more difficult. Improving and adapting your home for your loved one can improve their standard of living and help keep home a familiar and comfortable place. When it comes to adapting the home of a person living with Dementia, the main goal should be to maintain autonomy and promote wellbeing.
As the symptoms of Dementia become more pronounced, it is important to make your household safer to prevent injuries. There are some specific adaptations that can help keep people with Dementia stay safe and give friends and family some peace of mind. Some suggestions for general safety include:
It is important to be aware of potential fire hazards within the home of a person with Dementia. As the disease progresses, old safety habits can be forgotten and the risk for fire-related incidents increases. You can safeguard your house against common fire hazards to greatly improve the safety of your loved one. Some ways to reduce fire risks include:
People with limited mobility may often encounter difficulties moving position or going from room to room. You can assist your loved one by installing new safety features and mobility aids throughout the house. Some examples include:
Six in 10 people with Dementia will wander. A person with Dementia may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering among people with Dementia is dangerous, but there are strategies and services to help prevent it:
Someone living with Dementia may regularly require a lot of assistance. This can lead to feelings of distress and unhappiness. In order to improve wellbeing, it is important to reassure a loved one with Dementia that they are valued and promote independence. Reducing stresses within the house can allow your loved one to focus on the simple tasks which are meaningful to them. Some adaptations to improve wellbeing include: