Every home can be made more dementia-friendly with just a few simple changes.

Simple changes can make a big difference

There are lots of simple, little things that you can do to make your home more dementia-friendly. Here are a few examples:

  • As your dementia progresses, you may find it harder to interpret what you see. Simple changes to a room's colour scheme to make it brighter can often help. Go for strong contrast so that things stand out.
  • Improving the lighting at night is also a good idea.
  • Look for tripping hazards and remove rugs and low furniture.
  • Use noticeboards and calendars to remind you of things you need to do.
  • Clocks with easy-to-read faces are available and some will also show whether it is day or night and what day and month it is.
  • Leave things out on the kitchen worktop, like tea and coffee, so that they are easy to find.
  • Remove any unnecessary mirrors that can sometimes cause confusion.

Take our e-learning course

These are just a few of the ideas that you can use.

We have developed a comprehensive on-line room-by-room guide to making your home dementia-friendly, based on over 20 years' experience of supporting people with dementia. The course is simple to follow and you can access it at any time and work through it at your own pace.

The course is free, but you will need to register to get a login and password.

To register for the Making a home more dementia-friendly course, click here.

We would like to hear what you think of the course, so please complete the end of course survey. You can also e-mail us any comments here.

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