Can a person with Dementia live alone?
The questions below are designed to help families identify some of the concerns
individuals with Dementia face when they live at home, and help determine if they require more assistance.
Does your loved one:
- Have driving accidents? Even minor ones?
- Get lost while driving or walking?
- Burn pots on the stove or forget to turn off the burners or the oven?
- Forget to extinguish cigarettes ?
- Let strangers into the house or lock him/herself out of the house?
- Forget to secure the house at night/when going out?
- Demonstrate mood swings and suspicious/paranoid behavior?
- Know there are firearms or dangerous tools in the house and how to use them safely?
- Know how to operate the thermostat and judge temperature correctly?
- Have a recent history of being a victim of scams or crimes of any nature?
Is your loved one able to:
- Eat well-balanced meals and drink plenty of fluids?
- Dress appropriately for the weather?
- Safely bathe and use the toilet independently?
Is your loved one able to:
- Keep up with the housekeeping duties and home repairs?
- Pay bills on time, balance checkbook and use credit cards appropriately?
- Shop for, store and cook food safely and correctly?
- Use the phone and remember important phone numbers or where to find them?
- Take medication on time and in the correct doses?
- Recite their current address and phone number?
Therapeutic design for memory care.
A home like approach:
- Building design is regarded as a therapeutic resource to promote well being and functionality among people with Dementia & Alzheimer's.
- A square shape design, compared to a corridor design, helps residents function at their highest level.
- Design guides endorse the use of non-institutional design features, such as home like furnishings.
- Residents in a non-institutional settings are less aggressive, preserve better motor functions, and have less anxiety.
- Non-institutional dining arrangements improve eating behavior and communication among residents.
Reducing sensory over stimulation:
- Minimizing sensory over simulations is highly recommended for individuals with Dementia.
- Individuals with Dementia often face difficulties with sensory over stimulation, which may increase the distraction, agitation, and confusion.
- Use of neutral design and color scheme, elimination of stimulation, and consistent daily routines have been shown to reduce behavioral disturbances and encourage weight gain.
Benefits of group living:
- Living in groups has been found to have a Therapeutic impact on people in the early stages of Dementia and Alzheimer's.
- After moving into a group setting, individuals demonstrated reduced behavioral disturbances and decreased the use of psychotropic drugs.
- Residents in group living demonstrate better social abilities, more alertness, and reduced depression.
- Residents in group living also display higher motor functions and they are able to maintain independence longer.