In earlier blog posts, we discussed medication dispensers, alarms systems, and phones with picture dialing to help people in the early-moderate stages of dementia stay in their own home.  Here are a few more items to put in your toolbox!

Door Murals

door mural

In addition to door alarms, a door mural depicting something other than a portal to the outside world may deter a person with dementia from exiting.  There are several on the market that are made of a nice thick, wallpaper-like material that adhere easily on most doors and can actually even make people without dementia take a second glance.  We have one in our Center and several repeat visitors have walked by and said “hey, when did you get the new bookshelf?”, and seconds later remember that it was, and is, a door.

The new door murals from the Alzheimer Store are much more expensive than they used to be; however, they are now made of “Class A, Fire-rated Polyvinyl” which, according to the manufacturer, are non-combustible, self-extinguishing, and may actually improve the fire-rating of the door.


No-Start Car Disconnect

No Start Car Disconnect

Many people fear that the person with dementia they care for will take off in the car one day and end up in an accident or lost forever.  This No-Start Car Disconnect connects to the battery and with a simple turn of a switch every night, it can prevent the car from starting.





Electric Plug Lock

Electric Plug Lock

Care providers need access to electrical devices such as a toaster, microwave, and iron; however, they do not necessarily want the person with dementia to have access to them. A simple Electric Plug Lock locked on to each plug can prevent this from happening.  Simply slip the lock onto the plug and turn the key and repeat to remove.  That simple!

What are some of your great finds to aid a person with dementia to continue to live in their own home?





About Author

Jeannie Krull is the Program Director for ND Assistive (formerly IPAT). She is an ASHA certified speech/language pathologist and a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, who has worked with people with disabilities of all ages since 1991.