What if… we altered environmental factors to support those living with dementia? Environment has a powerful influence on our state of being. The environment includes what we see, touch, smell and hear. It also includes interactions between others, décor, temperatures, weather patterns, and more. For a person living with dementia, environmental factors can play a key role in providing a positive space or one that is overwhelming.
How can you help to create a supportive environment? Lessen the number of people visiting at one time. Limit the number of items on a counter space to allow for focus of a task. Keep shutters or curtains open during the day to allow in sunshine supporting regular circadian rhythm. Provide comforting smells like baked goods, favorite spices, flowers. When assisting with a move to a new setting, bring and arrange items similarly as before to provide familiarity of the environment. Positive Approach to Care® teaches the four F’s of creating a quality environment – keep it friendly, functional, forgiving, and familiar.
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