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Furnishing and dementia

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People living with dementia need furnishings to be as familiar as possible, so if you care for someone who has dementia, you may have to make some changes. Keep in mind that some people with dementia use furnishings for support to help them walk.

It's important to have a strong and comfortable armchair that is easy to get in and out of. It also needs to be easy and safe for family and carers who might need to lift the person in and out of the chair. Ideally, the chair should be waterproof in case of incontinence.

You may need to remove any unstable furniture, such as rocking chairs or chairs on wheels. You may also need to soften or pad sharp edges.

Sharp objects that might cause harm, such as scissors or letter openers, and any precious but breakable ornaments should be removed. You may need to remove or cover wallpaper, curtains or upholstery that displays patterns the person with dementia mistakes for objects or insects.

It's good to display photos, ornaments or other objects that trigger happy memories for the person with dementia.

You can find out more by reading the Dementia Australia help sheet about safety issues.

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Last reviewed: October 2018


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