Making Bathing Easier
For people living with dementia, bathrooms are an area of the home presenting unique safety challenges. Safety and accessibility concerns can be overcome with knowledgeable and aesthetically pleasing design choices.
High contrast grab rails are easy to see and reach for. A toilet seat offering great contrast with its surroundings will be a welcome relief.
In the Kitchen Simplicity will Suffice
When planning a kitchen, keep things simple, easy and clear. If you can, flood the kitchen with light. Consider traditional appliances such as a free standing fridge and washing machine as integrated appliances may become difficult for people to find.
Even coffee and tea containers could be transparent polycarbonate, allowing an easy visual reference to the contents/
Choose brightly coloured tableware, allowing for contrast between food and plate, which will make the food more appetising.
Sleeping Safely and Soundly
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (scie.org.uk) recommends using a plain coloured carpet throughout the home, sudden dark changes in colour can be mistaken for holes in the floor.
Decluttering the bedroom, adding a simple night and day or descriptive clock can also provide an excellent visual aid for people living with dementia.
We take careful note of the guidelines produced by the Royal Institute of British Architects and dementia experts HammondCare when adapting living rooms.
When we consider redeveloping dementia friendly living rooms, we look at light and lighting; floors and flooring; furniture and furnishings and how we know where things are.
Safe, healthy, dementia friendly gardens
Gardens are simply great, and those fortunate enough to have access to a garden will attest. When we plan a dementia friendly garden we look at paths and walkways, leading through interesting aspects in a wholly safe fashion,