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Dementia and the home environment

Dementia and the home environment
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If you need to make modifications to your home, and you live with someone who has dementia , the changes should help the person move and find their way around, and help to prevent falls. The modifications should also make the home as safe as possible to prevent wandering.

Make sure the floors aren’t slippery and try not to have too much clutter.

You will need to check the safety of your locks, floors, doors, windows, stairs, verandahs and balconies, and see if they need modifying.

You may need to install handrails on both sides of stairs, mark glass doors and windows with masking tape, change the doors to the bathroom and toilet, or change the locks on doors.

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

Last reviewed: November 2016

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