Living at home with dementia shouldn’t have to be difficult.
There are ways to make having dementia and the at-home experience easier, as a
recent project by a UK university has shown.
There are few instances where moving away from the home you
have known for many years is the right decision. However, sometimes there are
It’s an upheaval. It’s a last-ditch resort and often centred
around getting the care you need.
Side by Side Care offers at-home care for this reason. We
work hard to help people stay in the home they love, all over Crewe and
For people with dementia, moving to a care home means an
unfamiliar environment. There are even less things to trigger precious
The financial cost of a place at a care home can also be prohibitive
for many people and their families. Finding a viable alternative is preferable,
and that could involve making some simple but achievable changes to the
existing home environment.
A home with
dementia in mind
One project driven by researchers at Loughborough University
in Leicestershire has offered some great ideas and potential solutions. They
looked at ways to improve the home environment to make day-to-day living
Colours make a huge difference to people with dementia. When
our caregivers work with families, we always suggest using lighter colours if
possible. This was also emphasised by the Loughborough team. They chose
light-coloured carpets that make people feel more secure. Darker carpets can
give the impression of holes, and that can cause panic.
Painting walls in softer, pastel shades help people to relax
more. They start the day in a positive frame of mind and can tackle other
things much easier.
Light is also essential for wellbeing. Keeping curtains open
during daylight hours helps the mood, so avoiding darker spaces is also
design help people with dementia
Open spaces are important. When Side by Side Caregivers
visit service users, we often help to arrange furniture to allow easy movement
around the home.
Restricted spaces can cause distress, especially when it
prevents people getting around easily, finding things or being able to react
quickly to something like a door bell.
Open plan areas work best for people with dementia. It creates
a sense of space and stops people getting disorientated. There are fewer
obstacles and people can get on and achieve daily tasks easier.
Simple changes, but details that can make a big difference
Most of us think of stimulating memories by using pictures
and photos. That’s often the case, and well-designed homes should allow for
pictures to be placed in positions where they will be seen most often. This
will create regular, positive reminders of people and places.
However, colours can also help. Making the hot and cold taps
really stand out with red and blue caps helps people with dementia remember
which tap to use. That sounds so obvious to many people, but red will help people
with memory loss to associate the tap with warm and hot.
living independently with dementia
Ultimately, creating the best possible home environment can help
to keep people with dementia living independently longer. That’s important for
people’s wellbeing, plus it can save families and local authorities vital
If you’d like more information about remaining at home with
support from Side by Side Care, please call us and we can discuss options.
Call us on 01270-627755, or email firstname.lastname@example.org