5 Tips for Alzheimer’s Proofing Your HomeBy Home Security Source Nov 12, 2010 | 10:55:00 amPosted in: Home, Senior Safety
Alzheimer’s disease can be very scary and difficult for patients and family members. Many families choose to have loved ones with Alzheimer’s stay in their own homes, with either a caregiver or designated family member. It is important to properly prepare your home to keep the Alzheimer’s patient and caregiver safe. In honor of November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, here are 5 simple tips for Alzheimer’s proofing your home.
1. Map out the home – Know what areas could be dangerous to your loved one and what areas they are likely to spend most of their time in. Move furniture out of the way and create straight, clear paths from room to room to avoid falls.
2. Secure dangerous items – Seniors with Alzheimer’s may not remember proper dosages of medications or even if they have taken them that day. Make sure medications are not accessible and keep them in a locked and alarmed cabinet if possible. Also remove any toxic plants, poisons, sharp items or breakables.
3. Install locks and alarms – Wandering is common among Alzheimer’s patients, so it is best to install tension locks on doors to the outside as well as alarms to alert you when doors are opened or closed. You may also want to consider a personal GPS device.
4. De-clutter – As the disease progresses balance and environmental changes are difficult for those with Alzheimer’s, so remove all throw rugs and pick up any dog toys or other items on the floor. Remove any flashy or unnecessary decorations and keep things simple.
5. Make it comfortable – Your loved one is suffering from a disease that causes lots of confusion that can make them feel lost and disconnected. Try to ease the stress by creating a familiar space, with a favorite comfy chair and a selection of happy childhood movies or music that will not cause distress.
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