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New housing, renovations and dementia

You may decide to move to a new home or to renovate your existing home. This happens in people’s lives, whether they are involved with someone with dementia or not.

Before you decide on a new house or renovation design, you may like to consider an adaptable housing design. There are guidelines about features that can enhance access, mobility and safety - see Australian Standard: Adaptable Housing (AS 4299-1995). This standard supports caring for someone with later-stage dementia when their mobility deteriorates and they need more personal care.

Last reviewed: January 2017

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