Jun 15

App Launched To Help Dementia Patients Improve Their Environments


A new app has been designed to help carry out simple assessments of the homes of dementia patients and older people so they can be improved with all necessary changes required.

Devised by the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), the app can digitally work out how suitable a care facility, residence or other environment is for certain demographics, recommending changes that could be made to the building.

It’ll be free to download from autumn this year and will take about 20 minutes to assess the suitability of a two-bed house for an older person. Recommendations for alterations may include reconfiguring bathrooms with changes like easy access baths and similar, or may be something as simple as just changing a lightbulb.

“Typically, people living with dementia have greater demands on the health care services and providing guidance on how to adapt living conditions allows people to stay independent for longer and future proofs housing for autonomous living,” chief architect at DSDC Lesley Palmer said.

In the meantime, if you’re looking to make changes to parts of your house such as the bathroom, make sure you read our most recent blog post on how to make this living space safer for anyone with mobility issues.

Tips include investing in anti slip floor covering to help prevent slips, as well as installing grab bars and rails in the shower and near the bathtub. Often, you won’t need to make huge changes to the bathroom in order to make it safer so don’t assume that a complete overhaul will be necessary.

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Jan 23

How To Keep Active With A Disability


It’s important to keep as active as you possibly can, no matter what kind of disability you have. There is always something you can do, no matter how small, that could make a difference to your overall health and wellbeing.

The NHS has some useful guidance to help you if you’re not sure where to start. You may shy away from the thought of joining a gym but there are many adapted gyms around the UK that could be a good fit for you and many of them work with local councils as well as the NHS, providing GP referral schemes for those with disabilities.

Remember that even ten minutes of exercise can make a real difference. Start off small by doing ten minutes a day, then build this up if you can to at least 150 minutes a week. It’s important to try and keep your exercises varied so they don’t become boring – after all, if you enjoy it you’re more likely to continue it well into the future.

The more exercise you do, the stronger you’ll get, the better you’ll feel and the longer you’ll live. While you might be inspired to start exercising to lose a bit of weight, you’ll find that the added benefit of getting fitter is that it’s also a great mood booster as well. Self-confidence can also increase as a result of hitting the gym or even just doing a few simple exercises at home by yourself or with a friend – and you’ll even sleep better and feel less stressed as well!

Do you need to invest in shower seats? Check out the Practical Bathing website today.