Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis thrusts us into a new world. We now must look at everyday life with new eyes, and plan accordingly. It is estimated that approximately eighty percent of people with dementia live at home, and are taken care of by a friend or family member. Making sure that the home is safe and fits the unique issues of the person living with Alzheimer’s is a top priority.
There are four main aspects to look at when creating an Alzheimer’s-friendly home: functionality, safety, stimulating environment, and reducing behavioral triggers.
Functionality encompasses the goal of allowing the person with Alzheimer’s to complete tasks on their own, or with as little help as possible. This includes making sure things they need are easily reached, lights and controls are easily accessed, and bathrooms are roomy enough to safely maneuver.
Safety issues include making sure clutter is removed from walking surfaces, making sure dangerous chemicals or potential weapons are out of reach, and assuring that lighting is adequate.
Maintaining a stimulation environment includes making sure activities they enjoy are easy to access, creating opportunities for exercise, and encouraging socialization.
Behavioral triggers can occur when they are unable to process what their senses perceive. Ways to reduce confusion and frustration include labeling objects around the house, removing reflective surfaces, and removing photos that are confusing to them.
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TC currently lives in the soggy Pacific Northwest, bellied up to a sun lamp. In addition to writing, she enjoys photography and estate sales, and is the proud mother to an ever-growing collection of cacti.