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Dementia makes it harder to manage at home

3.12 Dementia makes it harder to manage at home

There are things you can do to help your daily activities and reduce the risk of an accident

Dementia can make cleaning, gardening, cooking, dressing and grooming harder. For older people with dementia the difficulties caused by dementia can be compounded by having less physical strength and mobility.

People with dementia and/or their families sometimes worry about their safety at home. They might be worried about having a fall, leaving the stove on, or forgetting to lock up the house. Family and friends might worry about your safety.

There are things that you can do to help with your daily activities at home, and to reduce the risks of an accident. Occupational therapy and home modifications focus on keeping you independent and doing things for yourself, rather than focus on doing things for you.


Ask your doctor

Ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist. This could be part of a chronic disease management plan which provides subsidies for allied health services.