Tips for Managing Dementia Symptoms at Home
If you live with dementia or are showing early symptoms, living at home can sometimes help by bringing familiarity into your life. You can continue to enjoy your house and engage with familiar routines and activities by making small, simple changes around your home. These adjustments can help to keep you safe, physically active, mentally stimulated and in touch with loved ones.
Here are some simple things you can do, to help make your life easier if you are living at home with dementia symptoms.
Labels and Signs
One of the most helpful and quick things you can do around your home is to place labels and signs on your cupboards and doors. This will allow you to remember where everything is and keep on track with daily tasks. It’s recommended that your signs use clear words and imagery and are printed on contrasting backgrounds to help make them stand out.
You might also find it helpful to put photos on cupboards or drawers to show their contents. Alternatively, if you have the budget, see-through cupboard doors can be a great help to someone with dementia, as they can then see exactly what's inside.
Add Better Lighting
People with dementia often benefit from better lighting around their homes. A well-lit house can help to reduce the risk of falls, injuries and confusion at night. Where possible, it’s best to have as much natural light in your home so try and make sure potential blockages, like hedges or trees, are cut back to stop them from blocking out any sunlight.
Another great way to increase the lighting in your house is to install automatic light sensors. Automatic lights are partially great at night as they can help guide people up the stairs or to the bathroom in the dark.
Make sure you have access to a garden or outside space
Like everyone else, people with dementia hugely benefit from going outside. If you have a garden, then it’s important to make sure it remains a safe space.
To achieve a safe outdoor space, you should try and make sure all walking surfaces are flat and that there is plenty of outdoor lighting to prevent trips and falls. It’s also a nice idea to have a sheltered seating area to enable you to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air, even if it is raining.
Bird baths or bird feeders are also a great way to attract wildlife to your garden, helping to create an engaging outdoor environment that you want to spend time in.
If you feel that you or your loved one would benefit from professional care and help around the home, then get in touch with the Wessex Care team today.