Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

The kitchen and dementia

The kitchen and dementia
beginning of content

The kitchen and dementia

1-minute read

If you have someone with dementia living with you, your kitchen should be safe and allow the person to use it as independently as possible for as long as possible.

Try to keep everything as familiar as possible by avoiding rearranging too many things. If an appliance needs replacing, and it's safe, try to get the same make and model.

You might consider labelling cupboards to make it easy to find things, or keep commonly used items on the bench.

Appliances with built-in safety features such as automatic cut-off switches are a good idea. Make sure electrical cords are away from water or heating sources.

If the time comes when the person can no longer use the kitchen safely, then you may need to install a master cut-off switch for the stove, and take away any sharp knives, medicines and toxic products such as kerosene. Reduce the temperature of water from the hot water tap using the thermostat and keep a list of contact names and numbers in large print placed by the telephone.

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

Last reviewed: November 2016

Recommended links

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

The Sleep Environment

The Sleep health Foundation Australia

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Dementia Australia | Preparing your home

Creating a safe and comfortableenvironment Creating a safe and comfortable home environment, plays an important role in ensuringbetter quality of life for people with dementia. The fundamental purpose of a dementia friendlyhome is to compensate for the effects of dementia and to support retained function and skills. Maintenance of quality of life for the individual person with dementia is the desired outcome. The quality of life of people with dementia is expressed through their response to their environment.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Dementia Australia | Sleeping

Problems with sleeping are a common occurrence for people with dementia. Some people sleep during the day and are awake and restless at night. Some are no longer able to tell the difference between night and day, while others are simply not as active as they used to be and consequently need less sleep. Causes of sleeping problems It is important to try to recognise what may be causing the problem is it the environment, the dementia or the medications used? This will help to decide on which strategies may be helpful.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Dementia: problems with sleeping -

Problems with sleeping are common for people with dementia. Here are some strategies to help carers cope with them.

Read more on myDr website

Dementia - behaviour changes - Better Health Channel

Providing a calm environment for the person with dementia can help to reduce the impact of changes to behaviour patterns.

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Dementia Australia | Dementia prevalence calculator

Dementia prevalence calculator The dementia prevalence calculator, available below, can be used to estimate the number of people in the population of a town, city, or community who may have dementia.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Dementia Australia | Problem solving

There are a number of behaviour changes that sometimes accompany dementia. These behaviours can include resistance, wandering, agitation, anxiety and aggression. What causes these behaviours? There are many reasons why behaviours change. Every person with dementia is an individual who will react to circumstances in their own way. Sometimes the behaviour may be related to changes taking place in the brain. In other instances, there may be events or factors in the environment triggering the behaviour.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Dementia and dressing -

Helping a person with dementia to get dressed can be time-consuming and exhausting. There are many reasons a person with dementia might have problems dressing.

Read more on myDr website

Dissociative disorder (split personality) information | myVMC

Dissociative disorder is a psychological condition in which consciousness, memory, identity or perception are disrupted e.g. multiple personality disorder.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Pets and dementia | Dementia Australia

Pets are an important part of the life of many people. This Help Sheet discusses some of the benefits of pets for people with dementia.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo