My mother lives on her own and has mild dementia so she puts things on the hob and in the oven and forgets about them. What are the best safety devices to install??

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It can be very worrying to have a relative living along with dementia, but there is plenty of support available to help them live independently

Answered by Farrah, Electrical Safety Expert

It can be very worrying to have a relative living along with dementia, but there is plenty of support available to help them live independently. A registered electrician would be able to look at the property and make sure that the isolation switch is easily accessible should the power need to be turned off in a hurry.

Your local Fire and Rescue Service will be able to offer a free Home Safety Visit to give you and your mother advice and make sure that smoke alarms are installed and working.

Charities that support people living with dementia would also be able to advise you. 

We also have some guidance for those who are caring for older relatives and friends, which you can find here.

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