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Lighting

Older people with dementia experience a lack of visual interpretation. Therefore having a home with lots of light is vital to give people with dementia the best chance to distinguish objects. Poor lighting can increase their anxiety, make it harder to find their way around and increase the risk of falls and trips. Here are some lighting ideas you can try and use around your home.

 

Try and avoid sudden changes to light levels. This can be done by increasing the number of light fittings that you have in a room. Preventing dark corners or shadows, as area's of light and shade can present as obstacles to people living with dementia and can cause disorientation. Try and keep the lighting throughout your house uniform and consistent.

Try and avoid lights that can increase glare. Think about the reflection and visual contrast of the surfaces you have in your house. Reflection and contrast are the keys to vision. Make sure that you have reflective contrast between your furnshings walls and floors.

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Take a look at the above. Is the kitchen floor on the right shiny? or slippery and wet? For people living with dementia it is extremlely difficult to differentiate between the differences in surfaces.