Seeing familiar household tools, which you know so well as you have used them thousands of times, can give you comfort and shelter when you have no idea where you are.
Picking them up distract you, memories coming up as you slowly start to use them. Being busy again, not feeling useless anymore, gives a kind of inner peace and a deep feeling of satisfaction.
You can easily realise this with recognizable tools from the past. Use Google, flea markets, second hands stores, books like “remember the 30,40,50,60 as your source of inspiration.
Dusters & hoovers, Shoe shine basket, Needle and thread plus a pile of clothing to repair, Silver & Copper to brush. Think about all the ordinary daily activities which the person with dementia has done in his early years and there a lots of them.
Find the one that connect and brings recognition and an activity in the present time.