Keeping safe at home

3. Making changes to your home

When you are living with dementia, you may find things harder as the condition progresses. However, you may be able to stay independent and reduce your risk of harm by making changes in your home.

Even if you don’t need to make any structural changes at present (eg building a more accessible shower), it is worth thinking about what you might need in the future. An occupational therapist can advise you on things such as:

  • fitting grab rails
  • installing ramps
  • extra heating
  • rearranging or reducing furniture to create a safer living space.

If you do need to make major changes to your home, you may be able to get some funding from your local authority (council). The amount of funding depends on your needs. The occupational therapist can advise you on the next steps to take.