There are lots of things you can do to help your relative live in as safe an environment as possible, giving you both peace of mind. This guide shows you the different options that are available in and around the home together, including assistive technology.
If you're wondering what kind of help would be best for your relative or friend, our Care advice tool can give you some guidance about housing options, day-to-day living arrangements and how to pay for care.
Use our Care services directory to find care homes and domiciliary care anywhere in the UK. You can also find support groups for people affected by dementia.
In this guide
We give an overview of how to make a home safe for the older person including practical tips on lighting, staying warm, access and storage, trip hazards and fire safety.
Anyone living independently needs easy access to their home. We have a checklist of practical tips, including using non-slip rubber mats, ramps and automated lighting.
Our advice includes information on installing grab rails, making it easier to get the door open with key turners and handle covers, plus answering the door and security.
From memory aids and telecare and safe walking devices to mobile phones and digital apps, assistive technology is an invaluable aid to helping your relative stay at home.
Various forms of equipment help Richard’s mother, aged 92, to continue living in her own house following the onset of dementia.
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Jo’s mother is 95 and lives in her own home. She has dementia so Jo has looked into various forms of assistive technology for reassurance that her mother is OK.
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