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Creating a calming environment for people with dementia

A soothing, calming atmosphere is helpful for everybody. For a person with dementia, it can help minimise their confusion and help them to concentrate and rest.

To create a soothing, calm environment, look at the household routine, the noise levels, the lighting, the effects of mirrors, the state of the bedroom, and even the colours and patterns used through the house.

Many people with dementia find noise annoying, so you might need to turn the television and radio off more often. You can try to eliminate shadows, glare and reflections that a person with dementia may find frightening.

Pets are a very important source of comfort and companionship for many people with dementia.

Last reviewed: January 2017

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