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The other night on the telly on the ABC, they demonstrated an apparatus which demonstrated virtual images of what a person with dementia might visually see in their surroundings taking into account problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration etc.

 

This brings to attention the fact of why there may be resistance to entering a toilet or bathroom with a carer.

Shiny floors, for example, can promote a fear of slipping and falling or of flowing water. A highly patterned floor can be seen as having insects or objects moving over the floor. Black or dark coloured tiles arranged in a border, can be perceived as a step or a barrier.

It's worth considering these aspects when attempting to toilet the person with dementia. Think about what your toilet is like......the lighting available and the shininess or patterns on the surfaces.

 

Just something to take into consideration.........

 

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Flora   

 

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