A man has gone to amazing lengths in his bid to help his wife in her battle with dementia by painstakingly recreating their former home.
Matt Muircroft has spent much of his life decorating other people’s homes in the business he ran with his wife Julie, reports the Sunday Post.
As a retired decorator he painted, glossed and hung wallpaper for the stars including royalty; preparing sections of St George’s Chapel for the wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones 14 years ago.
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And in a bid to make life as comfortable as possible for Julie and ease the transition, he recreated their former home to every last detail.
“Julie was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 and we moved back to Motherwell last May to be near our close family for extra support,” he said.
“One of the things we were told initially was that big changes in surroundings can create confusion and anxiety if someone is affected by dementia.
“I had a long, hard think about what I could do to make the transition as seamless as possible for Julie.
“It seemed like one of the most obvious things to do would be to use the skills of my trade to help.”
He copied colour schemes, the décor and moved ornaments and photographs to their previous positions.
“Recreating the interior has really helped Julie settle and without a doubt it’s been the most important job of my life.”
Arlene Crocket of Alzheimer Scotland added: “To move to a new environment can be very unsettling for some people affected by dementia and can sometimes exacerbate confusion.
“That’s why having as much familiarly in a new environment is really important, and items, like ornaments, photographs and paintings from a previous setting can help in many cases.
“What Matt has done – by making the new flat almost identical to his last home — really is a moving example of someone going the extra-mile for a loved one.”