As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the cognitive changes your loved one experiences can cause greater risks to their safety at home. Additionally, the physical, behavioral and sensory symptoms of their condition may put them in dangerous situations. If your loved one still resides at home, either alone or with family, it’s important to recognize the effects of Alzheimer’s on your loved one’s safety and take precautions to keep them out of harm’s way.
How Alzheimer’s Limits a Loved One’s Safety
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia causes changes that affect a loved one’s safety through:
- Judgment – Forgetting how to use household appliances; putting harmful substances in their mouth; dressing inappropriately for the weather.
- Sense of time and place – Getting lost on their own street; not recognizing familiar areas within the house; going out late at night.
- Behavior – Becoming easily confused, aggressive, fearful or suspicious.
- Physical abilities – Having trouble with balance; slipping, tripping or falling; dropping or breaking sharp objects.
- Senses – Experiencing loss of vision or hearing; insensitive to temperature; lack of sense of smell.
Adapting the Home for Alzheimer’s
As you consider ways to make your loved one’s home safe, begin by assessing the house through their perspective. The most common safety measures experts agree on include:
- Remove tripping hazards – Electrical cords, rugs, poorly placed furniture.
- Make sure security devices are in working order – Your loved one may not be able to smell something burning. Check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.
- Remove weapons from the house – Even if your loved one is just tidying up, an accident could occur when handling a weapon.
- Keep areas well lit – Vision changes could make it hard for your loved one to move around. Good lighting can help avoid trips and falls.
- Place medications in a locked drawer – Your loved one may forget that they took their medication and accidentally take too many doses or take pills from the wrong bottle.
- Be prepared for emergencies – Keep important phone numbers and addresses next to the phone in large, easy-to-read print.
- Install grab bars in the bathroom – Placing bars near the toilet or in the shower can help your loved one stay independent and avoid a fall.
While you make adjustments to your loved one’s home and routines, keep in mind that you’re supporting their needs, not limiting their freedom. Try not to make an environment that’s restrictive. Rather, create a place that allows for safe independence and dignity.
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