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Understanding Dementia Signage

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Understanding how dementia signage works

According to the NHS, ‘dementia is a group of symptoms caused by specific brain disorders. The most common cause is Alzheimer’s disease, but dementia can also be the result of a stroke or mini strokes’.

The main symptoms are:

  • Loss of memory: Such as forgetting places & directions
  • Mood changes: People can become frightened or distressed more easily
  • Communication problems: A decline in the ability to talk, read and write

It’s a growing problem, especially in care homes where estimates suggest that 60% of residents already have some form of dementia.

There is currently no cure, but care providers understand that creating a supportive, person centred environment can significantly improve the quality of life for their residents, especially in the early stages. It can also help the home to run more efficiently and place fewer demands on their staff.

Purpose designed signage

To help promote independence, purpose designed dementia signage has an important role to play.

Dementia signs are available for all the main rooms within the home that residents may wish to use. It is not advisable to have dementia signs for rooms/areas which residents should not visit unaccompanied (e.g kitchen, office, lifts).

THE BENEFITS

Orientation within the care home

The world of the person with dementia can be stressful and frustrating. Memory loss, for example, is a particular problem, so the use of special signage can help residents with orientation difficulties to find their way more easily around the home.

Improved safety

If residents are liable to wander aimlessly round the corridors, it’s important that they stay safe and are not able to enter unsupervised into areas, such as the kitchen, where they could come to harm.

Greater independence

By guiding residents to the most frequently visited rooms and areas such as the lounge, dining room, garden and, most importantly, the toilet, these signs help to promote independence and self confidence.

Promoting dignity

An en suite toilet too can be more easily recognised if there’s a special high visibility sign on the door and the frame around it is painted a different colour. Experience shows that this combination of prompts frequently provides a valuable reminder when a person with dementia, lying in bed, needs the toilet. Because by the time they get out of bed, the resident may have forgotten the urge that triggered the original action, a dementia sign on the toilet door in their bedroom could help them to recall the reason.

Improved well-being

Proper signage, therefore, can help to build their feelings of self esteem, boost confidence and contribute to their general feeling of well being.

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