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

Association for Dementia Studies, St John’s Campus, University of Worcester, Worcester WR26AJ, UK
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Healthcare 2019, 7(1), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7010043
Received: 25 February 2019 / Revised: 12 March 2019 / Accepted: 14 March 2019 / Published: 16 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Creating Age-friendly Communities: Housing and Technology)
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Abstract

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. View Full-Text
Keywords: dementia-friendly environments; aids and adaptations; loneliness; domestic settings dementia-friendly environments; aids and adaptations; loneliness; domestic settings
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Evans, S.; Waller, S.; Bray, J.; Atkinson, T. Making Homes More Dementia-Friendly through the Use of Aids and Adaptations. Healthcare 2019, 7, 43.

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