Dementia and Alzheimer’s are two of the most common disorders of the elderly. This piece is a thorough guide for dementia patients as well as their caregivers and the modifications necessary for comfortable aging in home experience. Let’s have a brief look at some characteristics of this disease for a better understanding of the whole situation.
Dementia- Types and Symptoms
Dementia is a collection of symptoms that starts with memory loss, then progresses towards thinking ability issues, problem solving, or more. This disease affects daily life and changes the moods and consequent behavior of the person.
This kind occurs because of a block or narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the brain with oxygen. Because of this, some brain cells die, leading to dementia. The symptoms are similar to this disease and Alzheimer’s. Decision making difficulties thinking, and concentrating problems are just some of them.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
In this type, tiny abnormal structures start growing, known as Lewy bodies inside the brain. This foreign matter growth causes disruption in the brain’s chemical orientation that results in dead brain cells. Dementia with Lewy bodies and the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are alike.
Changes to Facilitate Patients Suffering From Dementia
Certain changes in design and layout help in facilitating the elderly.
Contrasting colors greatly help the elderly with dementia; it aids in moving around and finding their way around. The color pop also makes it easy for them to know the areas and look at objects such as the door, lights, switches, etc.
Pattern Wooden Floors
Wooden floors are a way of indicating pathways from one part of the house to another, like from the kitchen towards the bedroom. The block of plain carpet of vinyl flooring may help trigger the memory, which is beneficial.
Proper arrangement of the furniture is necessary. Keep them at a reasonable distance and avoid clutter. The more the area lesser are the chances of falling, which is the leading cause of deaths amongst older adults. Chair placement on the window sill can help stimulate sensory neurons.
Install Glass Fronted Appliances and Cupboards
A glass front will help them locate the object quickly without creating irritability and discomfort.
Maximize Natural Light
Adequate lighting helps prevent falls because it reduces the chances of hallucinations due to shadows. Avoid excessive sharp lights; it won’t help but increase accident chances.
Safety and security
- Declutter the room
- Take out frayed rugs or carpets
- Fix grab handles everywhere, especially inside the bathroom
- Install security alarms
- Key free door entry system