"Let this e-book be your guiding light, illuminating a path towards better understanding and peace for those we cherish." With love & warmth from Erin Turner, SRES® of Seniors Real Estate Solutions.
A person with dementia can live more independently in their home for a longer time if the home environment is supportive. By compensating for disabilities and building on remaining abilities, loved ones can feel safe and comfortable.
In this research report by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); the development of this e-book was a collective effort that involved caregivers, individuals living with dementia, and Alzheimer Society staff. They covered areas of safety, security, comfort, and independence when it comes to your home and community to accommodate dementia:
Tip #1 Identify and prioritize safety and activity-related issues
Tip #2 Help with home adaptations to enhance safety and comfort
Tip #3 Create opportunities for meaningful participation in everyday activities while promoting maximum independence
Snapshot introduction: A home is more than just a physical space; it's a place where one feels a sense of belonging, where each possession reflects a unique life memory. However, dementia can feel like a gradual robbery of one's possessions over time. Though outward appearances may remain the same, internally, there's a constant state of disorder, confusion, and change. Everything feels out of place, with items missing, unrecognizable, or misplaced.
For caregivers or individuals diagnosed with dementia, this condition can feel like an intruder that threatens their sense of safety and security at home, robbing them of the freedoms they once enjoyed. Maintaining a sense of order and normalcy while accommodating changes can be an enormous challenge.
The purpose of this e-book is to guide you through the process of adapting your home while reminding you that you're not alone in this experience. The primary objectives are to enhance household safety and security, promote comfort, independence, and participation in fulfilling activities. Additionally, it aims to assist individuals with dementia and their loved ones in overcoming daily obstacles and augmenting their coping mechanisms.
If you are looking for ways to modify your home to accommodate dementia, this e-book provides excellent tips and strategies that reflect the evolving nature of the disease. Keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to living with dementia or caring for someone with the condition. However, this guide offers a range of options that can be tailored to your individual situation.
"the best shared reflection of personal and professional knowledge and experiences on dementia" – SRES® Seniors Real Estate Specialists
For optimal safety and independence through home or environmental adaptation, it is recommended to seek additional support from your local Alzheimer society, an occupational therapist and medical care-team with relevant expertise.
For a comprehensive guide to living at home and home adaptations, please click on the provided link.