The outside areas of the home should ideally be a calming, relaxing and safe place for a person with dementia to walk around in. It's good if this also triggers happy memories.
Have a look around. Is it safe? Is it easy for the person with dementia to wander?
If you care for someone with dementia, you may need to fix and lock gates. You may even need to put up fences, although do this carefully since a new fence can make a person with dementia feel trapped.
You may also need to remove obstacles from paths, hide garbage or compost bins, remove poisonous or spiky plants, and lock away any dangerous chemicals in the garden shed or garage, if there is one.
Many people with time on their hands like gardening and watering. You could think about putting in a raised garden bed for the person with dementia to plant out and tend to. You can put timers on hoses so they can water the garden and not worry about remembering to turn the tap off when they are finished.
You can find out more by reading the Alzheimer's Australia help sheet about safety in and around the home.
Last reviewed: November 2016