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Empowering Tips.

Teaming up with the DSDC (Dementia Services Development Centre), we've created a set of practical suggestions and advice for fostering a dementia-inclusive environment in our everyday interactions.

Our goal is to cultivate a caring and understanding community that respects the diverse viewpoints and journeys of those impacted by dementia.

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Give One Instruction at a Time.

Juggling numerous instructions simultaneously can pose difficulties. Rather than bombarding with multiple commands such as "Get your jacket and shoes. Where are the car keys? Don't forget your bag," it's beneficial to break tasks into manageable steps. Following each action, pose the next question in the sequence. This method enhances clarity and ease of communication for individuals affected by dementia.

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Eliminate Background Noises.

Some individuals affected dementia may struggle to participate in conversations or discern when someone is addressing them, particularly amidst high background noise levels. To foster a more supportive setting, contemplate turning off the TV or radio when not in use. Similarly, if the washing machine's noise disrupts communication in the kitchen, closing the door can reduce distractions and promote clearer communication.

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Cover Mirrors.

For those who don't recognise themselves, mirrors can cause distress, as they may mistake their reflection for intruders. To ease their discomfort, removing or covering mirrors with blinds or sheets is advisable. Drawing curtains at night further prevents reflections, offering reassurance and comfort to people affected by dementia.

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Declutter Kitchen Surfaces.

An overcrowded kitchen can exacerbate symptoms for those affected by dementia, leading to confusion and forgetfulness. Simplifying the space by removing unnecessary items and leaving only essentials can support them in their daily routines. For instance, leaving out tea-making essentials or placing snacks as reminders can help them navigate tasks more smoothly. This decluttering fosters comfort and familiarity, enhancing their overall well-being

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Keep Windows Clear.

Trim branches or foliage blocking sunlight from windows to optimise natural light. Daylight, especially in the morning, aids in regulating circadian rhythms and improves visibility. Removing obstructions allows for better light exposure, contributing to a healthier environment.

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Check Lightbulbs.

Develop a routine of checking lightbulbs to confirm they're functional, particularly if you visit during the day. Note that energy-saving bulbs may dim with time, so replace them periodically for consistent brightness and optimal illumination.

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Get Involved.

Inspire individuals affected by dementia to actively engage and enhance their existing abilities. Encouraging participation in daily tasks prevents skill decline from disuse. Even simple activities like folding laundry or cooking dinner can bring a sense of accomplishment and meaning. Let's empower people affected by dementia to experience fulfilment through active engagement and embrace their capabilities.

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