Some patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s can live in the community with some help from family or home care providers.  Below are  tips to help people live with safety and confidence.

Fall prevention

Avoid excessive clutter that could be a tripping hazard. Install handrails or grab bars in areas that may be critical

Locks are your friend

Cabinets that contain potentially dangerous items should be locked and secured

Water temperature

To prevent potential burns, it is a good idea to lower the temperature on the water heater thermostat

Fire safety

Ensure that the fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and carbon monoxide detector are in proper working order and easily accessible


Try to perform actions such as bathing, dressing, and eating at the same time every day

To-do list

Establish a list of appointments and events on a calendar

Safety plugs

Insert safety plugs into any unused outlets

These steps are great building blocks to help persons with Alzheimer’s disease, but being flexible and capable of adapting to individuals will help deal with the challenges that may arise.

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