Home Safety and Alzheimer's Disease
Posted: 11/5/2018 10:52 AM by
Contributed by Cynthia Mitchell RN
Home safety is always important, but it’s a special concern when you’re caring for a person with Alzheimer’s. It is important to do what you can to make sure your loved one’s surroundings are as safe and comfortable as possible.
Alzheimer's disease causes a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect safety. Depending on the stage of the disease, these can include:
With this in mind, I decided to share one of the most comprehensive home safety checklists that I have seen. (Keep in mind that not all of the things on the checklist will pertain to every person.
- Judgment: forgetting how to use household appliances
- Sense of time and place: getting lost on one's own street
- Behavior: becoming easily confused, suspicious or fearful
- Physical ability: having trouble with balance
- Senses: experiencing changes in vision, hearing, sensitivity to temperatures or depth perception
HOME SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Try not to be overwhelmed when reviewing it for the first time. As I had mentioned, it is very comprehensive. However, as Alzheimer’s progresses, a person’s abilities change. I recommend revisiting this list at least every 6 months, or when new changes in behavior and/or abilities are seen. With a little bit of creativity and problem solving, you can adapt your loved one’s home environment to support their desire to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.
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