When a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, one of the first concerns may be whether they will be safe living at home. Family caregivers often experience a great deal of stress because they are worried about accidents that may occur in the home due to their loved one’s cognitive impairment. By implementing some home safety tips, Alzheimer’s patients can stay safe at home. Below are some tips for home safety.
Examine Exits and Entrances
Take a close look at the entrances and exits of the home. Make sure they have adequate lighting and that there is nothing that cause tripping, like loose rugs or uneven surfaces. It may be a good idea to hang a “no solicitors” sign on the door to prevent strangers from knocking since this may frighten or confuse the Alzheimer’s patient. Also, make sure that the locks on the doors work properly and can be easily opened if there is an emergency. If the older adult is prone to wandering, placing a lock near the top or bottom of the door out of their line of vision can reduce the chances of them accidentally getting out of the house without a caregiver noticing.
Lock Up Hazardous Substances
Go through the entire house, garage, and outdoor buildings looking for hazardous substances. Make sure they are locked away where the senior cannot get to them.
Remove All Weapons
If there are any guns or other types of weapons in the home, they should be removed or disabled. People with Alzheimer’s can mistake family members and caregivers for strangers intruding the home and may harm someone. It may also be wise to keep kitchen knives out of reach.
Lock Up Medications
Keep all medications in a locked cabinet. A person with Alzheimer’s may not remember if they took their medication, so they may accidentally overdose.
Keep All Safety Devices in Working Order
Make sure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers work. People with Alzheimer’s sometimes accidentally set fires or turn appliances on that can lead to fires. Having the proper emergency equipment could prevent property damage or injuries. Also, make sure that emergency phone numbers are posted near the telephone.
Mark Glass Doors and Windows
Alzheimer’s patients may forget about or be confused by glass surfaces. Placing a sticker or decal on glass doors and windows will serve as a visual reminder and prevent the person from banging into them.
If your aging family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, having a professional caregiver to provide in-home care can also help to keep them safe. Hiring an in-home caregiver through an agency to spend time with your loved one when family caregivers are not available will ensure that they feel safe in their home and help prevent accidents.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Redding, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.