People living with dementia often have different sensory perceptions, and their immediate environment can have a large impact on their wellbeing and quality of life.

Creating a dementia-friendly environment can go a long way to improving the lives of people with dementia.

A dementia-friendly environment is familiar to the person, easily accessible, safe, secure, and supports the person living with dementia to retain their independence.

Changes you can make to create a dementia-friendly home environment

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Here are some changes that can be made in every room of the home to support a person living with dementia.

You can improve the way people move through and use the space by incorporating simple ideas.

Consider the following dementia-friendly changes:

  1. Use a D shape door handle that contrasts to the door to ease access
  2. Contrast the colour of doors to surrounding walls
  3. Consider painting the architraves or door frame a contrasting colour
  4. Consider having the toilet door a different colour to other doors
  5. Consider symbols or photographs to indicate the function of the room
  6. Use either Arial or Helvetica fonts for door signage. Place signage at 1.2 metre height so they can be easily seen
  7. Ensure contrast in light sockets. You can also put coloured tape around the switch to assist with identification
  8. Use larger switches for turning on and off
  9. Use a whiteboard or calendar to post notes and reminders.

Use our online home improvement tool to discover some easy ways you can make your home more dementia-friendly, room by room.

The National Dementia Helpline is a free service that provides information and advice to all people who would like to know more about dementia or access services and support.

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Dementia Australia’s national library service offers a comprehensive collection of print and digital resources about dementia. Explore the resources guide for this Dementia Action Week daily tip.

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