As mum was coming home, I needed to signpost key rooms and the contents of wardrobes and drawers. You can get such signs so that the person living with dementia can find their way around the home independently, and can find personal belongings more easily.
I looked into buying signs from specialist suppliers, but decided they looked ugly and clinical. However, if you do want to buy yours I think these removable labels from Unforgettable are the best. I didn’t want to make mum’s home look like an institution, particularly given I was taking her out of one. So I made my own. I created these as PDFs (below) in case anyone wants to print and use these in their own home. I might do more in time.
Wendy Mitchell, a woman living with dementia, describes how she has made simple adaptions to her new home to make living there easier (in this video). She painted around light switches to highlight them. I have borrowed this idea for mum’s bedroom. Also, if the signs on wardrobes and drawers don’t work, I will put photographs of mum’s clothes on the respective storage places, as Wendy did.