Alzheimer’s patients face challenges every day. However, simple adaptations can make life at home easier and more pleasant.
As Alzheimer’s progresses, patients experience memory, thinking, reasoning and processing challenges.
By making their daily tasks easier, they can remain as independent as possible and reduce anxiety, frustration and stress.
Here are a few adjustments or accommodations that can be made to create a safe place for Alzheimer’s patients at home.
A cluttered environment makes it difficult for dementia patients to access items they need.
Clear unnecessary items and put a focus on the items they use frequently. Keeping these items in consistent locations will also make it easier for the patient.
Labelling and signage in the house will help patients identify objects easily.
Alzheimer’s patients are often unable to handle visual information. Such problems could result in perception issues such as diminished tolerance of glare, smaller field of vision and difficulty in distinguishing objects.
Adjusting the lighting at home will help them navigate their surrounding easily and ease confusion, aggression and anxiety.
Lighting should be consistent and even in every space in the house.
Uneven lighting and patterns due to bright light and shadows could cause agitation and confusion. Areas like closets require extra lighting.
Keep the kitchen floors dry and clutter free at all times.
Placing signs or photos of smaller items and utensils can make it easier to locate these items. You can also take off cabinet doors or switch to glass doors for better visibility.
Consider hiding items you do not want Alzheimer’s patient to find. When these items are out of their sight then they will not think about needing them.
Make mealtimes pleasant and easier by limiting distractions such as TV or noise.
A contrasting toilet seat will help draw attention by making it stand out. If the seat blends with the floor and walls, it can be hard for patients to notice.
Adding a visible target inside the bowl can make it easier for male patients to see where they should aim.
Labelling the hot and cold-water taps can be helpful to avoid burns from hot water or shock from using cold water during the cold season.