Adults with Alzheimer’s disease are capable of living in their homes long after receiving the diagnosis of their illness. However, as Alzheimer’s disease begins to deteriorate the elder’s mental and physical abilities, safety precautions will need to be taken. For example, hiring a home care agency with trained home health aides who specializes in Alzheimer’s care, is a must. This professional will have the training and experience necessary to provide the assistance your loved-one needs.
As helpful as a senior care aide can be, there are other ways you can keep your parent safe while still being able to live in comfort of their home.
First things first, you, or a home care agency intake assessment coordinator, will need to do a thorough inspection of the home. This step is critical in order to make sure there is nothing that may harm your loved-one.
- Note where all chemicals and tools are, guaranteeing they are in safe and secure locations.
- Rugs should be secured to the floor in order to prevent tripping, along with making sure the stairs are safe for the elder to use by themselves.
- Senior fall risk can be extremely high for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, so ensure that there are no wires or other items that your parent may easily trip over.
Test Safety Devices
- Are there batteries in the smoke alarm?
- Are there an adequate number of fire extinguishers available in the home?
- Is the carbon monoxide detector in working order?
These are all questions that you should be able to answer in order to keep the senior safe in their home.
Upgrade the Locks
Wandering among seniors with this disease is a real issue, causing them to easily become lost and confused when they are in unfamiliar surroundings. If this is something that concerns you, consider adding locks that will be more difficult for your parent to unlock. This could mean installing a deadbolt to the top of the doors, where it is out of reach. Or it may mean locking a door from the outside instead of the inside.
Keep the Bathroom Safe
Bathrooms are the most dangerous rooms in homes and for good reason. This is where showers and baths take place, which also means water is left on the floor. Even a little water could create a huge problem if the senior falls.
- Place bath mats in and outside of the bathtub to reduce slipping hazards,
- grab bars inside the bath to give your loved-one something to hold onto for extra support,
- and shower benches as a way to protect the elder from falling in the shower.
It can be easy to forget what pills they took and when. Taking the wrong pills at the wrong time can result in serious problems with their health. A simple way to protect the elder from making this mistake is by using a pill box. They are very inexpensive yet will make it easy to organize the pills by day.
Senior safety is important, especially if your loved-one wants to continue living in their home. By following these ideas and with the help of a home care agency and staff, your parent will be able to safely keep their independence, while staying in their familiar surroundings.
Looking for more information? Check out the Family Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care and our other guides, located here.
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