A little support makes a big difference

Home life

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.

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

Consider the following dementia-friendly changes:

  • use a D shape door handle that contrasts to the door to ease access
  • contrast the colour of doors to surrounding walls
  • consider painting the architraves or door frame a contrasting colour
  • consider having the toilet door a different colour to other doors
  • consider symbols or photographs to indicate the function of the room
  • use either Arial or Helvetica fonts for door signage. Place signage at 1.2 metre height so they can be easily seen
  • ensure contrast in light sockets. You can also put coloured tape around the switch to assist with identification
  • use larger switches for turning on and off lights
  • 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.