The term dementia describes a set of symptoms including memory loss, mood changes, and problems with communications and reasoning. Around 60 per cent of older people with dementia have a fall each year, twice the rate of cognitively normal older people, and are also at increased risk of a major injury such as a fracture.
Currently two thirds of people with dementia live in the community supported by loved ones, friends and neighbours. Our Dementia Friendly Homes initiative aims to support these people to continue living independently in the place they love the most, their own home. Small changes within the home, such as adding signage to doors or cupboards, or putting up notice boards with photos of visitors or reminder notes on, can have a positive impact on everyday life.
Our Visiting Officer team will inspect the home to see whether measures could be introduced that could help with confusion or memory loss, reduce the possibility of slips, trips and falls and generally make it easier for people to live safely and independently in their own homes.
All of our Visiting Officers are dementia trained, have undergone DBS (police) checks and wear photographic ID badges. They can advise on whether grant funding is available and inform you of any costs which may be incurred before works begin. If a carer would like to be present during the assessment or any part of the process then this can be arranged.
For more information or to book a free Dementia Friendly Homes assessment please call the team today on 01553 616200.
For guidance on how to make your home more dementia friendly, you can download the free Making your home dementia friendly document produced by the Alzheimer’s Society
Examples of works can include:
- Careline Alarm
- Key safe
- Door signage
- Direction signage
- Cupboard and Drawer signage
- Coloured light switch surrounds/stickers
- Coloured plug socket surrounds
- Coloured toilet seat
- Replacement/additional coloured grab/hand rails
- Coloured tile transfers
- High energy lightbulbs
- Sensor lighting
- Removal of blinds/curtains
- Smoke detector
- Carbon monoxide detector
- Window restrictors
- Removal of mirrors
- Provision of a cork or wipe board
- Removal or moving of furniture