Tips to make your home more dementia-friendly

Dementia-friendly homeWe’re big advocates for people staying in their own home to receive care, however if a service user is only receiving a daily visit from a carer and is not receiving care around the clock, then there is a large amount of time they could potentially be spending alone, so we need to be sure they are staying in a safe and comfortable environment. We can advise them and their family on some simple changes that can be made to the home to ensure their well-being.

This can include making sure the property is protected against intruders and reducing the number of potential hazards around the place.

Many of our service users have dementia and alongside these basic changes, there are also more that can be made to help them live comfortably in an environment that is not confusing or restrictive. We’re put these tips together so you can use them in your own home or in a relative or friend’s:

Light the way

Having good lighting is a must for anyone living at home with dementia so they can see clearly and make sense of where they are. Check that natural light is not blocked and windows are cleaned regularly.

Go bright and bold

While many might not want bright and colourful interiors, it’s important for anyone with dementia to be able to distinguish the difference between objects and rooms so the colours of beds, tables and chairs should be plain and contrast with walls and floors. Try to avoid patterns and stripes as they can become confusing.

Contrasting colours for toilet seats, rails, taps and towels are also a good idea and make the bathroom easier for someone to find.

Know where things are

Keeping items in the same place is extremely important for anyone with memory problems. Items such as glasses, keys and other household bits and bobs could be kept in a household essentials kit while visual clues or labels can help on the outside of cupboards, drawers, wardrobes and even doors. Appliances should be out and easy to find too.

While these changes can be made to a service user’s home when they first take on a care contract with us, their needs may change and as our carers will be visiting on a regular basis, they are able to determine what does and doesn’t work for the service user and can advise accordingly.