Dementia Care Site Map
Preparing Your Home

 

If you, or someone you know has been diagnosed with dementia, it may be useful to make adaptations to your home, yard and garden.

 

These changes may assist you to live more comfortably and safely at home for as long as possible, which in turn will improve your quality life. It is important to ensure that your home is set up to address your individual needs.

 

Be careful not to make unnecessary changes to your home and try to keep the environment as familiar as possible. Most people function better in a familiar environment. Some useful tips to assist in creating a calmer environment for people living with dementia can be found in the 'This Caring Home' website.

 

Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Enabling Environment Project offers a virtual Information Centre provides practical tips, guides and resources to help make the places in which we live more dementia enabling: from simple modifications that anybody can make to their home, to landscaping suggestions and architectural design for dementia care environments.

 

People's needs are different. Simple changes for example by providing prompts, labelling cupboards and doors may be all that is needed. In other cases large renovations such as building ramps or modifying bathrooms may be necessary. An Occupational Therapist (OT) may need to visit your home to assess your individual requirements (see Allied Health services).

 

'Living with dementia: How the environment, technology and you can help'

This website was part of a suite of resources funded by the Department of Health and Ageing under the Australian Government Dementia Initiative. The page links to information about how changes to the environment and use of assistive technology may support the independence, safety and leisure of people living with dementia.

 

Further information and support

Information on aids or modifications for your home may also be found at the Independent Living Centre  who can provide information about products and services to help people remain independent and improve their quality of life.

 

Statewide equipment program (SWEP) provides Victorian people who either have a permanent or long-term disability or are frail aged with subsidised aids, equipment and home and vehicle modifications to enhance their independence and facilitate community participation.

 

Home maintenance support through the Home and Community Care service may be able to assit with some minor maintenance to keep the home in a safe and habitable condition. This involves the repair and maintenance of a person's home or yard.

 

Department of Veterans Affairs factsheets on housing and accomodation