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Dementia -
Making your home
dementia friendly




In a recent interview with the BBC, June Andrews, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, provided some fantastic ways to make your home friendlier to those with dementia, making it more likely and more comfortable for sufferers to stay at home longer. That's a strongly desired goal for people and families who are affected by the disease.



Creating that extra level of support at home is what really makes the difference to those suffering with dementia, and it's vital that they are given every opportunity to ensure they stay as independent as possible. Holding on the highest possible quality of life is absolutely paramount.



Here are some of Professor Andrews' tips for carers:


Maintain good visibility:


Increasing light to a slightly higher level is a safeguard and nothing more. It'll help give a much clearer view and also prevent accidentally knocks or falls that can sometimes happen in low-light environments. It also gives dementia sufferers an extra feeling of confidence in their own space, which is extremely important. Contrasting colours between flooring, walls and furniture is a big help, too. The last thing you want is everything to blend into one shade, making it much harder to navigate.


Ensure they are eating sufficiently:


While you might not expect it, there are plenty of environmental things carers can do to increase the likelihood that those suffering from dementia will eat. Again, utilise bright contrasting colours, but this time in the crockery and cutlery. Surprisingly enough it does help increase the overall engagement time spent at the dinner table. It also makes a huge difference if they have company while they eat. Draw up a chair and dig in with them.


Making the kitchen more accessible:


It may be potentially dangerous at times, however there are features which make the kitchen safer and easier to interact with. Many cookers or hobs come with time-sensitive cut off mechanisms, preventing any mishaps should they be accidentally left on for too long. Also, to increase the likelihood of someone eating or engaging with cooking, glass-fronted fridges just make it that little bit more manageable. They can see the food, which then sparks off the process to either eat or cook. It's that simple.


Keep necessities close by:


When it comes to the bedroom, the most important part is actually not in the room itself, but in fact just a clear view of the bathroom or toilet. Nature may call in the middle of the night, so it's crucial that the toilet is close and within sight. Equally, fancy modern fixtures and fittings are no good. They may look nice, but they could quite easily be confusing. Stick with conventional taps and the bathroom will be much simpler to navigate.


While this list is in no way exhaustive, it's a huge step in making those who suffer from the disease more empowered and more capable in their own home. It reduces the need for external care and really lets the person live a more independent and fulfilling life.


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