If you are planning to move your parent that has dementia in your home, you will need to make some changes. This will not only make things easier for you, but you can ensure your parent stays safe in your home. To help you get started, below are two changes you should consider making.
Make an Open Floor Plan
If it is in your budget and your current floor plan is closed, consider opening everything up to have an open floor plan. This type of plan involves the living room, dining, room, and kitchen being all in one room. This way you can see what your parent is doing while you are in the kitchen preparing meals. This also allows you to see if your parent goes into the kitchen while you are in the living room or dining room. This is especially beneficial if your parent is at a stage where they should never cook or be left alone in a kitchen.
An open floor plan will also help because your parent may be in a wheelchair at some point in their disease. This will allow them to get around much easier. An open floor plan also lets in more natural light because no doors and less walls are blocking the windows. This will also be much more spacious which makes it great if you plan to have parties or entertain friends of family.
Your parent may wander at night as this is common with people that have dementia. To help with this, hire a security company as part of your home remodeling. The company can install door and window sensors, so you will know if your parent tries to leave your home at any time. Ask the security company to install new locks on the windows and doors as more security.
For even more security, change your current lighting to automated lighting. This way lights will automatically come on if your parent gets up at night. This will help prevent your parent from falling and allow them to make a safe trip to the bathroom. Your parent may also forget to turn on lights or even forget how to turn on lights.
There are many other things to consider when remodeling your home, such as wood flooring to make it easier for wheelchairs, larger bathrooms to make it easier to maneuver in, etc. Talk to the builder and they can also give you more residential remodeling tips.