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Top tips for living with dementia at home

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Home means something special to all of us; it's usually where we feel comfortable, secure and in control. By working together, Argos and Homebase will help Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer Scotland and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland to support people with dementia to stay in their home and be part of community life for as long as possible.  

We have put together our top tips on how to live well at home for longer.  Depending where you are based, click on the relevant link within each tip for more information or find out about your local services using the links to the right.

 

  1. Find out more about dementia

    The more you know, the more you can take control, stay independent and make decisions about how you live your life now and in the future. Alzheimer's Society (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), Alzheimer Scotland, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  2. Find out about local services for you and any carer

    These may include dementia support workers, dementia cafés, Singing for the Brain® and support groups. Establishing links to support early on will help you plan life ahead and stay connected to the community. Alzheimer's Society (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), Alzheimer Scotland, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  3. Communication is key

    Talk to your family, friends and professionals about how you are feeling. Try to accept offers of help and encourage people to keep offering. These will be useful in future. 

  4. Contact local social services about support at home

    Staff will work with you to assess what care and support you and your carer need to maintain your independence as long as possible. Ask for a community care assessment and a carer’s assessment.  Different arrangements may apply depending on where you live. Alzheimer's Society (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), Care Information Scotland, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  5. Find out what financial support you are entitled to

    You and your carer may be eligible for money which could make a real difference to your quality of life. Financial support may be available even if you have savings or regular income. Alzheimer's Society (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), Alzheimer Scotland, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  6. Look after yourself

    Eat and sleep well, stay warm and take your medicines. Get regular checkups with your GP, dentist, optician and chiropodist. Illnesses and infections can make your dementia worse. Use reminders and alarms to help you keep appointments and take medicines.  

  7. See an occupational therapist

    They can give invaluable practical advice about how to live well with dementia, ways of coping with memory loss, adaptations to the home, using assistive technologies and keeping you safe at home. Ask your GP, social services or memory clinic for a referral. Alzheimer's Society (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), Alzheimer Scotland, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  8. Stay physically, mentally and socially active

    Exercise regularly, keep up your interests and hobbies such as cooking and gardening, and see your friends. Doing this will help you maintain independence and make you feel better.  

  9. Make life easier

    You might find it reassuring to keep to a simple daily or weekly routine. There are also lots of practical things you can do around the home to help with everyday life such as keeping a diary of things you want to remember, putting keys and glasses in the same place, labelling cupboards and doors or even making use of colour and contrast. Alzheimer's Society (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), NHS Health Scotland, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

  10. Make plans for the future

    Think about your future finances, support, care and treatment. Planning ahead now will help make sure things are dealt with in the way you have chosen.  

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