person with dementia holding flowers
Picture of person with dementia holding flowers

Equipment for the Home: Living with Dementia


How equipment can improve the life of a person with dementia


Simple changes can be made to homes to make daily life easier for people living with dementia and their carers. This includes using different types of equipment and making changes to the design and layout of the home.


As a person’s dementia progresses, they may find everyday tasks harder without the support of other people. For example:


This can make living in their own home more challenging.

However, small changes can be made to a person’s home to make it easier, safer and more comfortable. This can help them go about their daily routine and live independently with less assistance for as long as possible.

How can equipment help people with dementia?

Equipment doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated to be helpful. Even small, everyday items have been found to make a positive difference to people with dementia living in their own homes.

For example, products designed to help older people live well can also be very useful for people with dementia. These include mobility aids and equipment for maintaining continence. There are also many products designed specifically to address the needs of people with dementia, such as memory aids.

It is usually a good idea for the person to start using any new equipment as early as possible, so that they can get used to it being part of their daily routine.

Equipment to help with memory .

Equipment to help with household tasks.

Equipment to help with washing, bathing and using the toilet

Equipment to help with walking and moving

Equipment to help with eating and drinking



Assistive technology

Electronic items that are designed to help people with cognitive or memory problems are classed as ‘assistive technology’. These can help people with dementia remain active, independent and safe. Read more

How can the layout of the home be improved for people with dementia?

As well as using equipment, making changes to the layout of areas around the home can be helpful for people with dementia. This includes:


How can the design of a home be improved for people with dementia?

Problematic patterns and surfaces

Certain patterns and surfaces cause problems for some people with dementia, who find it hard to understand what they are seeing. For example:

Removing these types of surfaces and patterns will help to make the home safer and easier to get around for someone with dementia.

Helpful contrasting colours

Marking out the edges of steps can be helpful for people with dementia. In the same way, using contrasting colours makes items around the house easier to locate, identify and use. This could include:


How to improve outside space be for people with dementia?

Enjoying fresh air and spending time outside can improve the wellbeing of people with dementia. Gardens can help a person to do this in a safe and familiar environment.

In this way, gardens can help to contribute to a better quality of life for some people with dementia. However, the design and layout of gardens can affect how suitable they are for people with dementia.

Ways of improving them include:

All garden furniture, such as chairs and tables, will be easier to see and identify if it’s a different colour to its surroundings.

To help make the seating area more relaxing for people with dementia, garden ornaments and colourful plants could be set up and planted nearby. Wind chimes and small water features can also have a calming effect for a person with dementia.


What to consider when adapting the home for people with dementia


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