This week is National Safe at Home Week. In recognition, here's a link to a great publication from the National Institute on Aging on keeping your home safe, especially for people with Alzheimer's:
Just a few tips that caught my eye:
· Display emergency numbers and your home address near all telephones.
· Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in or near the kitchen and all sleeping areas. Check their functioning and batteries frequently.
· Keep all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) locked. Each bottle of prescription medicine should be clearly labeled with the person's name, name of the drug, drug strength, dosage frequency, and expiration date. Use child-resistant caps if needed.
· Do not leave a severely impaired person with Alzheimer's alone in the bathroom.
· Eliminate uneven surfaces or walkways, hoses, and other objects that may cause a person to trip.
· Set the water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid scalding tap water.
When you call Synergy HomeCare, we will evaluate the safety of your loved one's home as part of our free home assessment. In addition, our caregiver training includes the special circumstances which result from Alzheimer's and Dementia, giving your loved one the particular care he or she needs.
Synergy HomeCare of North Orange County