HOME ADAPTATIONS

We would like to share some little hints and tips, simple things, that can be done to adapt the houses of those you love that are living with Dementia, to enable them to live in their home environment, that they know and love, for longer!

We would LOVE to have your ideas too and so if you want to feature on our feed or just want to drop us a message to let us know what you have tried and works, it would be great to hear from you🧡

Removing
Hazards

Removing Hazards

This can include environmental hazards (cleaning products and equipment) and trip & fall hazards (unnecessary items, shoes, clutter).

Less hazards can reduce the risk of falls and gives the individual more space to move around and walk if they are unable to get outside.

Covering
Unnecessary Buttons

Removing Unnecessary Buttons

Covering the buttons that are not needed and leaving simple instructions allows some independence and enables the person living with Dementia to live at home for longer.

Use of
Contrasting Colours

Use of Contrasting Colours

Using contrasting colours is a great way to make things stand out that needs to be seen, such as light switches, important switches & important cupboards.

Enabling someone living with Dementia to find things for themselves can give them independence and ultimately help them live independently for longer.


Declutter

Declutter

Decluttering can help both physically and mentally (not only for them but also for their loved ones and carers).

Decluttering can also reduce the risk of falls and gives the individual more space to move around and walk if they are unable to get outside.

Slip & Trips
Risks

Slip & Trip Risk

Being Mindful of Slip & Trip Risks is extremely important.

Good lighting can also help with this as well as ensuring that items are kept in the same place and things are not moved about.

Less hazards can reduce the risk of falls and gives the individual more space to move around and walk if they are unable to get outside.

Plastic Utensils
& Cutlery

Plastic Utensils

This can be extremely beneficial if your loved one has a tendency to bite the cutlery (as we all know that biting metal utensils and cutlery can cause damage to teeth, gums and the inside of the mouth!).

Plastic utensils and cutlery are also a lot lighter and easier to handle, compared with metal, and thus can assist as dexterity and strength decreases as the Dementia progresses.

Grip &
Handle Bars

Grip & Handle Bars

Installing grip bars (handle bars), or grab rails, at the side of the bath or shower and even by the bed to help with steadiness and getting up and down.

These may be useful in other areas too.

The Colour
RED

The colour red

Red is one of the final colours that a person living with Dementia will be able to see as their eyesight deteriorates and the Dementia progresses. So, using RED within their home to show up important items, cupboards, hazards and anything else that you want to bring to their attention is a great idea.

If you want some more information on the use of the colour RED, check out our article.

Good
Lighting

Good Lighting

Good lighting can really support a person when making adaptations that will enable them to live independently for longer.

This will ensure that the individual can access places more easily, be more aware of hazards and also find things much more readily.

Are all the Doors
Necessary?

Are all the doors necessary?

Doors and cupboards can be extremely confusing… Where do they go to?

Maybe consider whether the doors are really needed or could they be removed (safely and without presenting a fire hazard/risk) or could they be covered and hidden to make your loved one feel safer?

Using
Baby Shampoo

Baby Shampoo

Using Baby Shampoo…I love the smell of this!

It is so sensitive and can really assist with shower/bath and hair wash time.

Shower
Chair

Shower Chair

A shower chair can make showering SO much easier and safer for loved ones, whether living with Dementia or just becoming a bit more vulnerable and unsteady on their feet.

Have an Adaptation to share?

Let us know!