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The living room and dementia

The living room and dementia
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The living room and dementia

The living room is usually where families spend a lot of time. If you share a home with someone with dementia, it should be kept as familiar as possible. Any changes should simplify the room to make it as safe and useful as possible for the person with dementia, and for their family and carers as well.

You might need to remove some clutter and rearrange furniture to create walkways. You might also need to cover sharp edges and stick down loose floor coverings and rugs.

Low coffee tables and other protruding furniture are easy to trip over and may need to be removed. You might also need to lock some cupboards and drawers and put covers on the power points.

However, the living room is a good place to show photos and ornaments that may trigger happy memories and reinforce the person’s sense of identity.

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

Last reviewed: November 2016

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