“Safety in the home is important to everyone, but living with a diagnosis of dementia can in some cases add to the concern of keeping people safe in their own home environment,” said Hilary Johnston, Regional Lead for Home Accident Prevention with the PHA.
“People with dementia should be supported and empowered to better understand the risks within the home so that they can remain independent and live well and safely with dementia in their own home for as long as possible.”
Families and carers of those living with dementia should explain clearly all the hazards within the home and ensure the person with dementia is actively involved in all discussions. All potential risks within the home should be highlighted and suitable preventative measures put in place to help reduce the occurrences of accidents in the home. Simple tips such as writing notes about turning off electrical appliances and gas cookers or having emergency phone numbers in large print beside the telephone all help in some way to reassure those living with dementia
Free home safety checks are available for people with dementia and those aged over 65 years. For more information on home safety checks please contact your local district council.
Further information on living with dementia can be accessed from www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/dementia
In 2015, IPH published a report ‘Brain heath and dementia prevention in Ireland – a discussion paper’. This report presented a rapid review of evidence on the primary prevention of dementia and presents estimates for the number of dementia cases that could potentially be preventable through modifying risk factors in Ireland.
Further information about IPH work in the area of ageing research and development can be found here.