Making the home age- and dementia-friendly can make a difference and positively impact a person’s independence and overall well-being.
– Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FGSA, FAAN
Did you know that making simple changes to a home can help people with dementia stay calm and thrive? Just as we childproof our homes, creating a dementia-friendly environment can make a real difference.
Welcome back to “This is Getting Old: Moving Towards an Age-Friendly World.” I’m Dr Melissa Batchelor, a nurse/nurse practitioner. If you enjoy the podcast, the best way to support it is by liking, sharing, and reviewing it on your preferred platform. Your likes, shares, and reviews help spread this information to more people facing these challenges.
Key points covered in this episode: Alzheimer’s Care: 11 Tips for Creating a Dementia-Proof Home
✔️ Dementia’s Impact on Daily Safety
Dementia can compromise balance, depth perception, judgment, and problem-solving skills, elevating the risk of accidents during everyday activities.
✔️ Creating a Supportive Home Environment
Establishing a secure and familiar home setting is essential for preserving an individual’s independence and well-being.
✔️ Professional Guidance
Consider seeking expertise from an occupational therapist through a formal Home Safety Evaluation to ensure a safer living environment.
✔️ Tailored Modifications
Customize home adjustments based on the person’s specific behaviors and requirements.
✔️ Tips to Dementia-Proof Your Home
1. Optimize Lighting: Ensure well-lit areas, particularly around stairs and bathrooms to prevent glare and shadows.
2. Contrast Colors: Utilize high-contrast colors on surfaces to aid those with vision changes, distinguishing transitions between areas.
3. Clear Pathways: Eliminate trip hazards like throw rugs and cords, maintaining unobstructed walkways.
4. Bathroom Safety: Install shower chairs, grab bars, non-slip strips, and ensure non-plug-in appliances to create a secure bathroom environment.
5. Night Lights: Implement motion-sensor night lights in bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways to aid navigation without disturbing sleep.
6. Labeling: Label drawers and closets to facilitate finding items and reduce frustration.
7. Declutter: Minimize clutter for easy item retrieval, simplifying organization and reducing stress.
8. Noise Reduction: Manage noise levels to prevent overstimulation, confusion, and agitation.
9. Burn Prevention: Adjust stove handles, food temperature, and water heater settings to prevent burns.
10. Secure Dangerous Items: Lock cabinets with harmful substances and take precautions with potentially hazardous tools.
11. Pool and Spa Safety: Install fences with locked gates and water sensors for swimming pools and hot tubs to prevent unauthorized access.
✔️ Taking Action for Support
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More Resources About Memory And Alzheimer’s Disease …
This Is Getting Old has several other episodes about memory and Alzheimer’s. You can check them out below: