Caring for an aging parent or loved one is challenging enough. But, Alzheimer's and dementia can make in-home care even tougher, leaving many families with no choice but to seek assistance from a care center.
One primary problem is the memory loss that comes with such conditions. It makes it difficult for your loved ones to navigate around their own homes. Spaces that were once familiar become foreign. Which leaves caretakers very few options.
But, a new app has been developed with hopes of solving that problem. It's called "The Dementia-Friendly Home," and it's designed to give caretakers an extra tool that can help keep those with Alzheimer's and dementia in their own homes longer.
The app uses similar software to that used in video games to create an interactive, 3-D space that offers suggestions on furniture placement, color usage and decor, to help users eliminate problem areas in the patient's own home. Developers hope the app will enable caretakers to make adaptations that will allow Alzheimer's and dementia patients to stay in their homes and communities longer, without putting them at risk of accidents or injuries.