Nobody instantly moves into a memory-care community upon diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. In fact, estimates say that between 60 to 80% of all people with dementia are cared for in a private residence. Worldwide that’s somewhere around 26 to 35 million people.
If you’re over 40 then you’ve probably already realized that your home is not as “friendly” as it was when you were younger – the lighting is less adequate, the stairs are a pain to climb, and why do you keep tripping over that throw rug that has always been there?
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Now imagine a person with Alzheimer’s, whose judgment, visual perception, coordination, and memory are waning, living in the same house. You should quickly realize that your home isn’t Alzheimer’s friendly either.
You can, however, start making inexpensive changes to your home that will help accommodate their unique needs. To help get you started, I wrote this article, 4 DIY Alzheimer’s Friendly Home Modifications, which was published by Val over at Love My DIY Home.
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Creating an Alzheimer’s Friendly Home
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Have you had any experience in improving your home? I’d like to hear from you in the comments below.
Vicki Kaufmann says
I just now looked at your Home-Preparation Guide. It is a great quick listing of things and you designed the checklist in such a way that is very practical for the caregiver. Would I have your permission to save a link to this on the Resource section of my website? I would definitely mention your name and website along with the URL link. I will not do it without your permission.
Please let me know at Vicki@caregiverfamilies.com. Also, let me know how you wold like the credits to read. Thank you.
Mike Good says
Absolutely Vicki – that’s really nice of you. Thank you for you nice comments and for sharing.
Vicki Kaufmann says
Thank you so much, Mike. I will be posting it this Friday, Sept. 4. It will be on my website section under “Resources/website.”
I hope it directs some caregivers your way. I am also speaking at a program for new caregivers at the end of the month and will mention your document and website.