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.
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
To prevent potential burns, it is a good idea to lower the temperature on the water heater thermostat
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
Establish a list of appointments and events on a calendar
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.
For more information see: https://www.alzheimers.gov/life-with-dementia/tips-caregivers