Safety Tips For Caregivers of Seniors With Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias

Safety Tips For Caregivers of Seniors With Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias

Caregivers of seniors afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease face great challenges every day. Significant time and attention is focused on activities to keep your senior loved one healthy and happy, with their safety a continuous concern.

We have some tips that can help you make your senior’s home, or home away from home if they are visiting, a safer place to let them keep both a degree of independence and as much freedom from injury as you can provide – not to mention providing some peace of mind for their loved ones.

  • Store dangerous tools, such as grills, lawn mowers, any power tools, knives and firearms, in a secure place.
  • Remove any toxic plants or decorative fruits that a client might mistakenly try to eat.
  • Remove any medications or other substances from open areas such as the kitchen table and counters.  This might include vitamins, prescription drugs, or even sugar, sugar substitutes or seasonings.  Keep medications in a locked area or out of reach.
  • Check the temperature of water and food, as your client may have difficulty telling the difference.  This applies to water temperature in a bath and for example the temperature of hot food.
  • Use contrasting colours to make steps and transitions easier to see.  Avoid dark rugs as they may appear to be a hole.
  • Lock any hazard areas or cover the doors or locks so that they are disguised.  Suggest placing locks either high or low on doors to make them less obvious.
  • Remove locks in bathrooms or bedrooms so that client cannot get locked inside.

Whether or not you can leave your senior loved one home alone after you have improved the safety of his or her home environment is an issue you should discuss with your Alzheimer’s expert or other health care professional.  Allow them to guide you and follow their advice for maximum safety.

The changes that you make now may not be all the changes you will need.  Alzheimer’s disease is progressive, therefore behavior changes in your senior may mean that you will have to review his or her environment on a regular basis to be sure there are no further modifications that are required for safety.

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