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Life at home – Keeping yourself safe

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Life at home – Keeping yourself safe

Don’t be shy of asking for help. Almost everyone will gladly help you.

I don’t like the dark at all now because of my dementia; I see shadows that aren’t there and it scares me. So I have a little lamp in my bedroom and I have an emergency night light, which I take with me if I have to go away anywhere. Listen to Tracey Shorthouse’s Dementia Diary here).

I have recently bought a motion-sensor light for the toilet. So when I get up in the night I don’t have to put the bathroom light on. A blue light appears in the toilet: blue’s quite soothing on the eyes and I can’t take anything too bright, so that’s helped me. (Listen to Tracey Shorthouse’s Dementia Diary here).

The fire brigade have put red labels on my smoke alarms, so I can see them to check them. Because I can’t see white on white very well. (Listen to Tracey Shorthouse’s Dementia Diary here).

I’ve had to bite the bullet and accept things to get to live better. So I have special equipment in the house like grab rails in the bathroom. And I have an extra bannister on the stairway, because climbing the stairs is like climbing Mount Everest, especially when I’m tired. I have red tape at the top of the stairs and at the bottom, because I can’t see them very well. It stops me from falling; if I see the red tape I know the stairs are there. (Listen to Tracey Shorthouse’s Dementia Diary here).

Get an OT assessment – sooner rather than later.

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