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Making Home More Wheelchair Accessible

For centuries people have used wheelchairs to help them get around, and so too will your care receiver in the later stages of dementia. That’s why it’s important to think about various ways to make the person’s home (and yours…
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Tables and Fall Safety

Living room tables serve as important surfaces to store items. If there’s tabletop clutter, with items spilling onto the floor, try using a tabletop basket to collect them all. Clutter is a common problem, as people with dementia lose the…
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Seating

Helping an adult up from a seated position is one of the most difficult tasks you as a caregiver will face. Difficulties with transferring are usually due to a combination of poor seating design and an individual’s health, memory, and…
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Fire Places and Heaters

Sitting by a fireplace with an enclosed glass screen and watching the flames can be relaxing and safe – for both you and the person for whom you care. But fires and burns can occur, as well as carbon monoxide…
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Electrical Hazards and Safety

Electrical outlets and extension cords can present hazards for serious fire and shock. For example, as you can see in this photo, a regular extension cord is used for the space heater – a very high wattage appliance – which…
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Flooring

People with dementia have special flooring needs. Many develop gait and balance problems and walk with a shuffle. And, as the person loses the ability to housekeep, items strewn in the walkway can be easily tripped over – like canes,…
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Storage

It’s harder for any of us to find items in a cluttered environment, especially if the items are not well marked. So help the person to organize by grouping similar items together – for example, put breakfast foods together. Leave…
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Lighting for Dementia Patients

Although good lighting can improve vision and overall quality of life in the lives of adults with dementia, it’s often overlooked. For example, we may think the person has lost the ability to read, but sometimes it’s poor lighting –…
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Hospital Beds

A hospital bed is useful if the person is recovering from surgery or needs relief from certain health conditions. It’s also vital during the late stages of dementia when your loved one has difficulty walking. Being able to adjust the…
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Clothing & Dressing

As a caregiver, you’ll need to learn creative ways to handle the common clothing and dressing problems experienced by people with dementia. For example, the person may no longer be able to organize and sort clothing and therefore leave piles…
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