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Making Homes More Dementia-Friendly through the Use of Aids and Adaptations

Evans, Simon ORCID:, Waller, Sarah, Bray, Jennifer and Atkinson, Teresa (2019) Making Homes More Dementia-Friendly through the Use of Aids and Adaptations. Healthcare, 7 (1). e43. ISSN 2227-9032

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The majority of people with dementia live in their own homes, often supported by a family member. While this is the preferred option for most, they often face multiple challenges due to a deterioration in their physical and cognitive abilities. This paper reports on a pilot study that aimed to explore the impacts of aids and adaptations on the wellbeing of people with dementia and their families living at home. Quantitative data were collected using established measures of wellbeing at baseline, 3 months and 9 months. In-depth case studies were carried out with a sample of participants. Findings from the pilot suggest that relatively inexpensive aids can contribute towards the maintenance of wellbeing for people with dementia in domestic settings. The project also increased the skills and confidence of professionals involved in the project and strengthened partnerships between the collaborating organisations across health, housing and social care. Providing aids that can help people with dementia to remain living at home with a good quality of life, often with the support of a family member, is an important element in the development of age-friendly communities.

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This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia-friendly environments, aids and adaptations, loneliness, domestic settings
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Copyright Info: Open access article
Depositing User: Simon Evans
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 08:59
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 08:59

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