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Memory loss and dementia - staying independent

Staying in your own home

Being diagnosed with dementia does not mean you have to lose your independence. There are lots of things you can do to help you live safely in your own home for as long as possible.

Make your home dementia friendly

Alzheimer's Society have information about how to make your home dementia friendly. Sometimes simple changes to your home environment can make things easier, such as having better lighting and labelling cupboards.

Equipment and adapting your home

Equipment can help you to carry out daily tasks such as washing, dressing and eating.

Telecare is special equipment that can sense risks such as smoke, floods and gas, can remind you to take pills and even call for help if you fall.

Alzheimer's Society has information and advice if you're not sure what equipment may help you.

Adapting your home may also help you. For example, putting handrails in the bathroom can make it easier to get in and out of the bath.

Eating and drinking

Dementia can make eating and drinking difficult for a number of reasons, including loss of appetite, forgetting to eat and being unable to recognise food. Alzheimer's Society as information and advice on how dementia affects eating and drinking and has practical tips for carers to help support someone to eat and drink well.

Getting help with everyday tasks

Someone who has dementia may forget to visit the toilet, or be unable to communicate their needs. Alzheimer's Society has advice on managing toilet problems and incontinence.

Personal care in the home provides options for extra support to help you.

If you can't stay in your own home

We have information on housing options if living at home is not possible.

Getting out and about

Many people with dementia continue to drive and travel after being diagnosed. Alzheimer's Society has information about driving, including how to inform the DVLA.

Wessex Driveability can help if you would like an assessment to make sure you're okay to drive and that you are still driving safely.

Alzheimer's Society has free 'helpcards' for people with dementia. These are cards you can carry with you when you're out and can make it easier to get help. They allow you to record your name and contact details, and the details of someone close to you who can be contacted if you need help.

Community transport schemes may help you if you no longer drive and can't use public transport.

Memory Support and Advisory Service

The Memory Support and Advisory service can help you to stay independent and can support you by providing information, advice and guidance. The service is provided by the Alzheimer's Society and works closely with GPs, the team that diagnose dementia and other partner organisations.

Your GP can refer you to the Memory Support and Advisory Service. You can also refer yourself to the service.

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