MAKE THE HOME DEMENTIA FRIENDLY

People with dementia are more likely to stay at home surrounded by familiar faces and possessions. But, it is important to take the time to make the home more dementia friendly, as Dr Warner states that the home “can be full of hazards. When I am diagnosing someone I will always try and see them in their home'', he says “one of the reasons I do that is to spot any obvious environmental hazards, but also so I can look in their fridge and make sure they are eating properly.

Dr Warner goes further to give a few examples, he states “if you put a symbol of a toilet on the toilet door, that would help to guide them to the toilet” or have “modify your oven so someone with dementia can’t turn them on and then leave them on accidently.” He also says there are devices that can “prompt people to take their medication.”

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