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Common Home Safety Issues for Alzheimer’s Patients
If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, preparing the home for safety is a high priority to reduce risks of physical injuries, wandering events or life-threatening situations. As poor judgment, a decline in thinking skills and problems with physical balance progress, your parent may require supervision in the kitchen, assisting in performing potentially dangerous tasks and safe monitoring of outside activities.
Conduct a Safety Assessment of Your Home
As the leading provider of Alzheimer’s care in San Diego, we always encourage family caregivers to assess their homes for potential areas of danger. Take a walk through the bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedrooms to identify areas that may need modification such as:
- Assure that hazardous materials or cleaning supplies are out of reach or locked away
- Disconnect the stove and microwave and supervise your parent with cooking activities
- Lock medicine cabinets or remove medication bottles from access
- Disguise locks on doors or place out of reach to prevent wandering events
- Lock doors that lead to the basement, workroom or stairwells
Protect Your Parent from Injuries
For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, disturbances in physical balance may result in injuries from falls. To increase security and reduce chances of harm in the home, take the following measures such as:
- Remove throw rugs, wastepaper baskets and magazine racks
- Install extra lighting in darkened hallways and bathrooms
- Avoid floor lamps and coffee tables
- Ensure walkways easily accommodate the width of a walker or use of a cane
- Turn down the hot water temperature in your home to prevent the danger of accidental burns
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Despite your best intentions, emergencies can occur in any home and at a moment’s notice. Place the list of emergency phone numbers and addresses in one place for quick access. Check the expiration dates on fire extinguishers, status of batteries on smoke detectors and practice a safe escape plan from a fire in your home. If you are unable to provide your loved one with assistance at all times, fill in the gaps with help from a San Diego hourly home caregiver.
Provide a Warm and Comfortable Home
Finally, present a home for your parent that is safe but does not create severe restrictions. Encourage independence as much as possible while meeting your loved one’s needs for activities, comfort and social interaction.
If you need help caring for an aging parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s, Home Care Assistance in San Diego is here to help. We offer hourly and live-in care in San Diego, a valuable asset for families who need help ensuring consistency of care 24 hours a day. Call a Care Manager today at 1-877-254-4860 to speak with a Care Manager and learn more about our custom tailored Alzheimer’s care plans and highly qualified caregiving professionals.