New app helps make homes more dementia friendly

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Dementia Sufferers: new app means they can enjoy the life they are used to for longer.

A NEW app has been created to help give more independence to Alzheimer’s patients.

The virtual 3D app has been designed for carers of people with dementia to work out how to arrange furniture in their houses, suggesting improvements to make homes more accessible to those with dementia. 

Changes include fitting motion sensors that turn lights on and off when people walk through the house and changing busily-patterned wall or floor coverings.

The ‘Dementia-Friendly Home’ was developed by Maree McCabe, from Alzheimer’s Australia Vic.

She said the app will allow people with dementia to stay in their own home and continue to enjoy the life they are used to for longer.

The app works by suggest safety issues like making sure hob and ovens can be used safely and will suggest how the area can be made safer and easier for the Alzheimer’s patient, such as fitting motion sensors that turn lights on and off when people walk through the house and placing labels with pictures on cupboard doors. 

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