An estimated 5.7 million people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. As Alzheimer’s progresses, a person’s abilities change, and it becomes necessary to put certain home safety measure in place.
How Does Dementia Affect Home Safety?
Alzheimer’s is a disease affects both the brain and the body in a variety of ways. As the disease progresses home safety becomes a primary concern for caregivers.
How does this work?
Forgetting how to use appliances like the dishwasher and the microwave. Losing the ability to follow directions.
Where am I? How long have I been here?
Unable to recognize familiar landmarks. Not aware of time passing.
What is going on? Are you trying to hurt me?
Delusions can begin to occur in later stages. May believe caregivers are stealing from them or that someone is following them.
Why do I keep falling down?
Researchers have found that poor balance and dementia are linked and even believe that balance tests can be used to predict the likelihood of developing dementia.
This doesn’t taste good!
Decreased hearing, depth perception and inability to taste flavors they used to love.
These top ten important home safety tips will help to keep your loved one with Alzheimer’s safer
- Remove or lock guns, knives and other weapons. Use a lockbox and be sure to secure the key.
- Keep the car keys put away if your loved one is no longer able to drive.
- Take the lock off of bathrooms and bedrooms to ensure they are unable to lock themselves in.
- Install deadbolts on outside doors that require a key to deter roaming.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to be sure they are functioning.
- Lock up all medications.
- Call Caregivers by WholeCare to have them perform a trip and fall assessment of the home. Install nightlights in bathrooms, hallways, and common areas.
- Get a medical identification bracelet with your loved one’s name and contact information is important. Be sure to have it indicate dementia or memory loss on the bracelet.
- Talk to your neighbors, local law enforcement, and your loved one’s friends about their condition and the possibility for roaming. Make sure they have your emergency contact information.
- Secure all storage and work areas such as garages and basements where tools, household cleaners, and other chemicals may be accessible.
Home Care Tip:
Have you or a family member recently received a dementia diagnosis and you are unsure of where to begin? Caregivers by WholeCare offers free in-home consultations as well as caregivers specially trained to work with memory care patients. Give us a call and we will help you plan your next steps. 615-422-7549.