15 2017 Sep

The Importance of Good Lighting

The Importance of Good Lighting to those Living with a form of Dementia.


Many people are unaware of the importance of good lighting to a person living with a form of dementia. If we think carefully about this, it makes a lot of sense. Consider the significance of natural light…it doesn’t just help us to see clearly, it helps us to understand our environment, at the most basic level it helps us to tell the difference between night and day.



Poor lighting can lead to a higher rate of trips and falls in old age, as our eyesight tends to decrease. Inappropriate lighting makes it hard to complete tasks in the home, harder to read the facial expressions of friends and loved ones, and hard to complete any activities such as puzzles or crafts. Uneven lighting can cause shadows to fall across the floor which can cause bewilderment and disorientation. Fortunately, this can be avoided by adding a few changes to the home, and being more aware of what may need to be adjusted in your loved one’s immediate environment.


How can we solve these problems to help your loved ones stay at home for as long possible?


  • Using brighter bulbs in light fittings, where safe, can help with navigation around the home. It is also a relatively quick and economical change to put in place.
  • Make use of as much daylight as you can, pulling curtains back and removing plants from window sills. Natural daylight helps to keep our circadian rhythms in check, playing a key role in influencing our sleep/wake cycles, temperature and plenty more.
  • Reducing glare from lights on television sets, tablets and other gadgets can be done by the addition of dimmer switches. Glare can be distracting and unsettling to a person living with a form of dementia.
  • Making sure that the bedroom is dark in the evening to ensure a good night’s sleep.
  • If possible, try to get your loved one outside in the mornings. Studies show that even a few minutes of cloudy daylight between spring and autumn can increase your vitamin D levels significantly, helping to strengthen bones and muscle performance.
  • The introduction of strip lights or L.E.D.’s around door frames and walkways can be more useful to older adults than a couple of dim plug in lights.




We hope that you have found this information useful. If you have any questions or are keen to know more about how we could help your loved ones to remain safely at home for as long as possible please do get in touch today on 01942 215 888 or email us at