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Does remodeling affect those with dementia?

My mom died five years ago, my sister moved in with Dad and has rearranged and changed everything to suit her tastes. Is painting, new carpeting or re-arranging furniture confusing to those with dementia? My sister has removed all traces of my mom, including all of the porcelain dolls that she handmade and my Dad was always very proud of.
Status: Open    May 10, 2015 - 06:09 AM

Dementia, Caregiving

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May 20, 2015 - 09:27 AM

It can affect those with dementia, depending on where they are at in their journey. If he begins to make mention of 'wanting to go home, etc' then your family should consider options to offer more support in the home and/or options outside of the home. He may no longer relate that to be his home if there were too many changes and could begin wandering looking for 'his home.'

It sounds like your sister had good intentions as many family members do, sort of the 'starting a new' concept but with someone with dementia they need familiar or on-going supervision to ensure they feel safe.

It is difficult for some folks with dementia to articulate their needs or wants and if he thinks he is not home, missing his spouse, etc that could be misunderstood as anger or aggressive behavior. Keep that in mind.

All in all, if a person with dementia is being cared for well, those around them are happy and confident they too will often follow suite. Positivity can be contagious.

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