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Using Visual Aids Can Help Promote Independence For Those With Dementia

Posted on January 17, 2012 by Sarah There have been 0 comments

Two thirds of Care Home residents in the UK have some sort of cognitive impairment. The quality of Care ranges from excellent to poor. It’s a well known fact that only about 60% of people in Care with dementia are in dementia registered beds.

The design of a care environment directly impacts on a resident's ability to care for themselves and on their dependency on staff. By creating simple design features that help them complete basic tasks such as dressing, eating, or finding their way around their environment their quality of life could be greatly improved. The staff workload reduced, thereby allowing time for more meaningful engagement between carers and residents.

Care Homes should strive to create an environment that promotes independence and improves the lives of those living within the establishment.

Managers and owners of Care Homes only have to make small improvements, which can result in  a positive effect for residents with dementia and the staff support for them.

The use of colour is important, as is strategically placed signage. The use of visual clues that are commonly recognized will help the residents to find their way round.

The person centered approach on bedroom doors is key to a person recognizing the door to their bedroom. Giving people visual clues to identify rooms and areas in a care environment are vital.

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