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Home decorations 'can help dementia patients'

Home decorations 'can help dementia patients'
12th March 2008

The style of their environment can help make life easier for dementia sufferers, according to new research.

A team at the University of Stirling have surmised that plain carpets, old-style taps and glass-fronted covers are "dementia friendly", reports the Sunday Herald.

Using a mocked-up suite of bathroom, living room, bedroom and kitchen, researchers demonstrated the positive affects of these design features, stating that the glass cupboards served as a reminder to eat.

They added that plain soft furnishings are less hazardous to walk on as swirling patterns can be mistaken for the visual disturbances that dementia patients often suffer from.

It was also claimed that advancements in technology can help patients, for example having a phone with pictures of family and friends which can be pressed to call them.

According to the Alzheimer's Society, 64 per cent of people living in care homes have a form of dementia.

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