Furniture is often over-looked in dementia care

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Dayex-care industry newsHow the choice of furniture can help patients with dementia

An often over-looked aspect of caring for patients with dementia is how the choice of furniture used and the layout of living space can actually help the patient, as well as the carer.

Companies like Dayex, a leading provider of care home furniture in the UK, specialise in supplying care homes with furniture specifically designed to help patients with dementia, with the patient’s safety and comfort in mind.

 

Key considerations in choosing furniture for dementia patients include:

  • Specially designed high back chairs to help posture.
  • Chairs with winged-backs, to help prevent patients from possible injury from falling out of the chair.
  • Padded headboards for safety.
  • The use of waterproof material in chairs and beds, for the ease of maintenance for carers.
  • Bedspreads with flat-sides, again to help the patient’s safety.
  • Bedroom furniture that is designed to encourage recognition, high contrast handles for example.

The use of colour, the layout of the room, and the use of memory boxes can all help the patient, providing added stimulus.

Dayex’s furniture sets such as the Hilton Beech set – http://dayex.co.uk/dementia/hilton-beech-full-room-set.html includes a bed, chair, wardrobe, made to measure curtains, and curtain track, all available within their standard 5-day delivery, minimising costly wait times for care homes.

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  1. I am a Director of Care with Be Independent HomeCare, a private homecare provider in Ireland. I agree with you wholeheartedly that the furniture and layout of a room is important and often overlooked in dementia care. A very helpful resource has recently been launched and is called ‘Universal Design Guidelines for Homes in Ireland and Universal Design Guidelines Dementia Friendly Dwellings’.
    One of the other tips I would suggest for those suffering from dementia is to have a clock and a calendar close to their bed when they wake up in the morning so they can tell what time and day it is. Ideally they should have a personal alarm or pager unit next to their bed in case they panic and need assistance. Considering that dementia is predicted to rise by ninety percent in Europe by the year 2050, anything we can do now to start putting even the smallest measures in place is a good thing for long term dementia care.

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