There is no doubt that this can be an overwhelming and confusing time and you will likely have many questions that need answering.
In the initial days and weeks following your diagnosis, it is so important to take time to digest this new reality and to reach out for support wherever you can get it. Talk to as many people as you can at this early stage and gather information so that you are well prepared and fore-armed as you begin to navigate this journey.
Almost certainly you will be faced with many questions such as ‘What will the future hold for me?’ ‘Who can I turn to and rely on?’ and ‘How will this change my life as I know it? Will I be able to maintain my independence and continue to live the life I enjoy’?
No doubt you will want to maintain your independence and live a safe, comfortable life at home for as long as possible.
Your home, the safe haven you are so familiar with, will naturally be a place you would like to remain but looking at your home with fresh eyes and realising that there may now be potential safety issues to consider, is an important and pro-active step on this journey.
Setting yourself up so that your home is a safe environment to live in is a huge part of maintaining that independence. Finding solutions that allow you to move about freely and keep you safe in the meantime, means that your family and loved ones will have reassurance that you are safe and you can go about your day to day life freely, with the knowledge that help is on hand if you need it.
In the early stages of Dementia, solutions like heat detectors and smoke detectors are a great safety aid. Simple things like leaving a grill unattended or forgetting about a boiling pan or electric heater are so easily done and having good heat, smoke and CO2 detectors in place will help you manage these simple mishaps. Other solutions like flood detectors and medication dispensers are also very useful tools to help you manage day to day tasks.
As time goes on, you might want to consider looking at further safety aids around your home.
At Tunstall Emergency Response, our range of fall detectors, GPS location devices, property exit sensors, bed and chair occupancy sensors etc can provide ideal solutions for the later stages of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Unfortunately, confusion and forgetfulness are a reality of these diseases and the risk of an unsafe incident because of a fall or wandering etc can be minimized with solutions like these in place in the home.
Why not have a look at our full range of Dementia and Alzheimer’s solutions here and contact our helpful team for more information on 1850 247 999.
Many of our sensors and alarms also connect directly with our 24/7 monitoring centre, meaning that, should a situation arise where you need to reach out for help, following a fall etc, you can reach our team with just the push of a button.
You deserve to enjoy life, knowing you are in safe hands.