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Creating a Dementia-Friendly Home Environment: A Valuable Resource for Families  

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Creating a Dementia-Friendly Home Environment: A Valuable Resource for Families  

Living with dementia can pose challenges for both individuals experiencing symptoms and their loved ones. Each person’s experience with the disease is unique, as the symptoms vary from person to person. Additionally, dementia does not progress predictably, making it hard to anticipate future changes in life. As more families are opting for home health service, it is crucial to recognize the impact of a dementia diagnosis and make appropriate plans. There are various methods available to enhance the safety and comfort of a home, including improving lighting, labeling essential items, installing alarms, and implementing assistive technologies.. These adaptations can significantly contribute to creating a secure and reassuring environment within the household.

What is important to people with dementia living at home?
Residing in their own homes can provide individuals with dementia an increased sense of independence, allowing them to maintain their preferred routines, visit loved ones at their own convenience, and continue engaging in hobbies and activities that may be challenging in care homes, such as gardening or collecting.

How can I create a more dementia-friendly environment in my home?

For individuals living with dementia, the arrangement of their home can greatly influence their daily life. The symptoms of dementia, including memory loss, confusion, and slower cognitive function, can result in difficulties remembering where things are located or how to use them safely. Fortunately, there are several easy modifications that can be made within the home to promote independent living. However, it is important to note that implementing numerous changes all at once is not recommended. Prestige Home Care, a provider of in-home dementia care, can help you navigate this process and create a personalized plan for your loved one.

Here are some key areas to consider when creating a dementia-friendly environment, with additional support available from Prestige Home Care:

  • Safety: We can perform a comprehensive home safety assessment, identifying and addressing potential hazards. This may include keeping the client in the same home with familiar surroundings, making sure all flooring is safe and secure with no throw rugs to slip on, ensuring bright well-lit rooms throughout the house to reduce confusion, and minimizing excess noise.
  • Orientation: Simple modifications can enhance a Senior’s ability to navigate the home safely. We recommend using contrasting colors on walls and floors to create clear boundaries, as well as contrasting colors for doors and banisters to make them stand out. Clear labels and signs on cupboards and doors can also be helpful. Digital clocks with large LCD displays showing the day, date, and time can provide constant orientation.
  • Communication and Independence: We can help you set up assistive devices like telephones with big buttons for easier dialing and reminder devices that give audio prompts to help seniors remember to take medicines or lock the front door.

Prestige Home Care: Your Partner in Dementia Care

Creating a dementia-friendly home environment is an ongoing process. Prestige Home Care’s team of compassionate caregivers can provide ongoing support, guidance, and companionship for your loved one. Serving the Orlando area, we offer a range of in-home dementia care services designed to meet the individual needs of each client, promoting safety, independence, and a sense of well-being within the comfort of their own home.. 

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Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly’s dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career.Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly’s primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being.The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly’s resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.