My home, my life: Practical ideas for people with dementia and carers

Most people with dementia want to live in the familiar comfort of their own home and maintain engagement with their community and their world.

my home my life news tileMy home, my life: Practical ideas for people with dementia and carers brings together the voice of people with dementia and carers with the best learning from research and care experience to provide insightful tips, strategies and real-life stories to support greater independence

Whether it is through a better understanding of the impact of dementia and ageing, tips on good design at home, strategies for going out or approaches to communication and care, My home, my life will enable people with dementia, carers and their support networks to meet challenges with courage and creativity.

The book offers more than 280 practical tips and many real-life stories offering practical solutions and strategies to common challenges to help maximise independence.

HammondCare’s tips for living at home with dementia are:

1. Use your personal devices – simple alarms on your phone will be a helpful reminder about appointments or when to take medications.

2. Signage – using signage in your own home might feel strange at first, but it can be a tremendous help for someone living with dementia. Labels on cupboards or signs to the bathroom are some examples.

3. Create outdoor space – if you have a yard, schedule time to go outside. Make the space dementia friendly with a seat with a back and arms visible from the doorway.

4. Have a bag packed – have a list of medications and dosages, clothes and items that might be comforting (like favourite foods or small items) packed and ready.

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Real life stories

More than a dozen real-life stories are included in the book so that people with dementia and carers can see how other people have worked out solutions and strategies to common challenges so as to maximise independence.

Share your own practical tips and ideas with us

If you are living with dementia, or are a carer, we want to hear your own tips and ideas that make a difference to the quality of your life. With your permission, we'll add these to the page so others can benefit and we may include them in future editions of My home, my life.

We hope that this list of stories will grow as readers contribute their own tips and ideas from personal experience.

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Bianca
My biggest and most successful tip for my clients is to purchase a simple slow cooker (with the knob, not the new electric dial type, so that you can add a timer if you need to) such as this one – it is a wonderful tool that can provide meaningful activity all day – preparing meat and / or veggies together to cook, and many stirring opportunities whilst the slow cooker does its job during the day, then enabling true appreciation to be expressed for the person living with dementia’s assistance to make dinner at the end of the day. It works so well – also enables the supportive partner to be able to make bulk servings for freezing and reheating when the day has been too long to think about preparing dinner.
It is also wonderful for people living with dementia who are living on their own – allowing formal or informal carers to prepare a meal in the am for the pm meal – with a simple timer that can be attached to ensure that the crockpot has turned off prior to the next visit the next day.

Teresa
I have been supporting my mother who is living with dementia until recently.
What worked well for mum was if I wrote on a notepad, the day, date and what was happening that day. She crossed it off as each thing happened. This notebook always was on the coffee table near where she sat in her lounge chair. eg
"On Thursday, 26/07/2018, Anglicare will take to you Day Respite in the bus. Be ready by 9:00 am".
I also had a large clock with the day and date and time which helped with the orientation.
As I was not a live in carer, I would call about 15 min Anglicare would arrive to ensure she was ready.

The other tip I have is to take a photo of the person with dementia with their care workers. Put the photos near the door so that the person with dementia becomes more familiar with who the carers are who are to come into their home.

The Dementia Centre Team
Thank you very much for sharing your tips Teresa. It is really helpful to know what has worked well for your mum.