Living with Dementia can be unsettling, even in your own home.
Dementia Australia recently estimated that there are 425,416 Australians living with dementia, with roughly 70% living within the community.
While Dementia can cause spatial and visual challenges that make everyday life difficult, a majority of public are only aware of the memory related symptoms. Something as seemly 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 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
The Dementia-Friendly Home app is an interactive experience that aims to teach carers about the simple changes around the home that can improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.
Users are able explore a virtual home while being provided suggestions to improve the home based on the ten Dementia Enabling Environment Principles.
As the user interacts with various items they have the option to dynamically toggle various suggestions. This allows them to understand the impact these changes can have on people living with dementia.
Suggestions range from inexpensive ideas, like placing labels with pictures on cupboards, to more significant changes such as replacing overstimulating floor and wall coverings.