Care Planning For Alzheimer’s? Read These Important Safety Tips.

 

The road ahead of caregiving for your loved one can feel unpredictable at times. Depending on the stages and progression of Alzheimer’s, you may need to make certain modifications within the home setting to ensure the safety and care of your loved one.  The following care planning safety tips have been helpful to other caregivers and you may find them valuable as well.

 

  • Evaluate Your Environment

    • The home, including all areas your loved one may inhabit like the garage or backyard, needs to be evaluated for chemicals, tools, or any dangerous weapons. These items must be removed from the environment or put in a place where your loved one cannot retrieve them.

  • Safety Hazards in the Kitchen

    • To avoid dangerous hazards in the kitchen, it is best to install a hidden gas valve or circuit breaker in your stove so your loved one with Alzheimer’s cannot turn it on. Also it is recommended to use appliances with an automatic turn-off feature.

  • Be Prepared For Emergencies

    • Make sure you have emergency numbers and addresses to local police departments and fire departments easily accessible in the household at all times. Also make sure devices such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.  

  • Install Locks Out Of Sight

    • Alzheimer’s disease can make your loved one forget where they are and wander outside the house. To prevent this from happening, consider installing deadbolts either high or low on exterior doors. Also remove locks on bedroom and bathroom doors to prevent your loved one from locking themselves in. Alarms can also be installed on interior as well as exterior doors.

  • Medication Safety

    • To ensure proper medicine usage, keep all medications in a locked cabinet or drawer. It is also a great idea to use a pill box organizer or daily medication list to ensure medications are taken properly.

  • Watch Temperature of Water and Food

    • Alzheimer’s can cause your loved one to not be able to properly discern temperatures of food when they’re eating or water when they are taking a bath/shower. To help with water you can install an automatic thermometer.

  • Avoid Injury in The Bathroom

    • To help avoid accidental slipping and falling accidents, consider installing a walk-in shower or, at minimum, grab bars to the tub or shower area. Add textured stickers to slippery surfaces like the floor of a tub or shower.  Some showers may be large enough to allow for the placement of a water-resistant chair to allow individuals to sit during their shower.  Apply adhesives to keep throw rugs and carpeting in place, or remove rugs completely.

  • Laundry Room Safety

    • If possible, it is good to keep laundry door locked. If not make sure you secure all laundry supplies in a locked cabinet and prevent access to the washer and dryer.

These tips will help you prepare the environment for your loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease. Sign up for our newsletter to receive more tips and opportunities to connect with other caregivers.  

 

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