Living with dementia can be unsettling, even in your own home.
Dementia Australia recently estimated there are 425,416 Australians living with dementia, with roughly 70 per cent living within the community.
While dementia can cause spatial and visual challenges that make everyday life difficult, a majority of people are only aware of memory related symptoms. For example, something as seemingly simple as a carpet with repeating patterns can cause visual illusions such as holes and steps that don’t exist.
This limited understanding means families and carers are often unprepared for just how much life can change when their loved ones are diagnosed with dementia.
“Changes in the brain can impact on day to day functions and potentially confuse people living with dementia. Identifying ways the home and environment can be modified to ameliorate any challenges will make a difference to the person living with dementia.” Maree McCabe – CEO, Dementia Australia