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How to make your home dementia-friendly

For those who are planning on continuing to live in their own home as dementia progresses, symptoms can make home adaptations essential. 

From changing spatial awareness and depth perception causing issues with mobility through to more personal considerations, such as continence, seeking professional advice is the best way to begin thinking about future-proofing the home.

Minor adaptations to do around the home

Although you may find that large-scale adaptations are required, firstly there are a few simple things you can do to make your home that little bit better to be in: 

Making the bathroom dementia-friendly

Clearly, the bathroom is the room of the house that poses the greatest risk of a fall, particularly as Alzheimer’s advances, but there are also other hazards to consider. Luckily, there are several adaptations that can be made make this room

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Getting home adaptations funded

Usually, your Occupational Therapist is the first port of call. They’re trained to help those living with Alzheimer’s, as well as their families, to get home improvement strategies in place. After assessing your needs, they should be able to help indicate the kind of adaptations it would be a good idea to make, as well as pointing you in the direction of any funding.

Making the bedroom dementia-friendly

The bedroom also needs to be adapted with frailty, incontinence and nighttime wakeups all at the front of mind. 

Making the kitchen dementia-friendly

Cooking and eating can become increasingly difficult as Alzheimer’s becomes more acute. 

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