For people living with dementia, day to day living starts to become much more difficult, as the disease progresses. They will start to need more and more help to manage safely the tasks of daily living.
Mum needed help with many aspects of daily living from very early on in her illness and Mum had to rely on family members. In the early days of her illness we all struggled to cope with behaviours and challenges we didn’t understand and were ill equipped to deal with. However through Mum’s illness we came across lots of products and devices which are designed to support people living with dementia and their families.
The products range from technologies to help with memory loss such as locator devices to help find missing items and reminder prompts for key tasks. Products to help with daily living such as personal hygiene products and devices to ensure personal safety and safety in the home such as GPS trackers and automatic shut off devices.
Often we didn’t learn about these assistive products and devices until the later stages of Mum’s illness so the following pages include some of the products that, had we known, would have been a huge benefit to both Mum and us a family to make the journey easier for all of us.
Assistive dementia products and devices have multiple benefits including:
- Promote and maintain independence for the person living with dementia for longer.
- Help both the person living with dementia and their family manage risks to personal safety and safety around the home.
- Potentially allows the person living with dementia to stay at home for longer.
- Can increase the confidence and well being of both the person living with dementia and their family.
- Can alleviate pressure on the caregiver and prevent caregiver burn out.
The following pages include in more detail some of the assistive products and devices that are available, which would have been a huge help to us in keeping Mum safe.