Life within reach for the person with dementia

Putting ‘life within reach’ is important for people with dementia who may not be able to remember where things are if they cannot see them. 

Fill their world with opportunities for stimulation and pleasure by filling drawers and cabinets with objects that trigger memories and offer interesting moments for remembering and doing.

Life needs to be within sight and reach to be of use to people who mostly have a “present” to live with. The past may be less obvious or available to them even though it may be influencing their every choice and preference.

Label drawers on the outside or have glass doors on cupboards to  allow the person with memory loss to see what is there, avoiding the moment of confusion and overwhelm that can cause angry rage or sad tears or both.

Hope this helps.

Bernie

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