Creating Environments of Support:
This guide is intended to help shape a care setting for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease. Architectural and design elements can create a therapeutic environment that actually enhances the life and care of someone with dementia.
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The design strategies in this guide are broken up into four sections:
- New Settings
- Existing Remodels
- Home Modifications
- Interior Design Considerations
Sample Tips for Home Modifications:
- Disguise or de-emphasize doors to areas that are not safe to enter.
- Identify objects or doors with signs including text and pictures.
- Post a calendar that cues the passing of each day, event or season.
- Contrast the color of table cloths and plates.
- Avoid dark borders or patterns in carpeting or flooring.
- Fence in the back yard and install locks on the gates.
- Remove or cover mirrors.
- Install grab bars in showers and tubs.
- Offer a selection of one or two items of clothing each morning, not the whole closet.
- Install night lights in bathrooms and hallways.
- Remove area rugs that may pose a tripping hazard.
- Create a safe path for wandering.
- Provide a clear view of the toilet from bed.
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