Sunday, June 30, 2019
Alzheimer’s care becomes increasingly difficult as the disease progresses. Your aging loved one will become more prone to falls and wandering even when safety is your top concern. Of course, you want to keep older adults in your care as safe as possible.
Here are 5 suggestions for safety with in-home Alzheimer’s care:
Systematically check for potential hazards
On a daily basis, look through each room in your home possible safety issues.
- Check the medicine cabinet to be sure child-resistant caps are used on medication containers or lock the cabinet.
- Use a bed alarm or monitoring device in the bedroom.
- Use plastic or metal drinking cups rather than glass.
- Keep garage and outdoor sheds locked. Vehicles, bikes, gasoline and sharp tools need to be out of sight or inaccessible.
- Remove any weapons from the home or lock them up safely.
- Lock the laundry room door.
- Reduce and eliminate decorative items. Household plants are sometimes poisonous and valuable items could be accidentally broken.
Reduce the likelihood of falls
- Bathrooms must have grab bars in the shower/bath and by the toilet. Non-skid bath mats prevent slipping.
- Install handrails and safety gates at the top of the stairs.
- Don’t keep clutter in walkways or on staircases. Consider brightly colored tape to mark the edges of steps.
- Use 2-way light switches (top and bottom of the staircase).
- Keep pathways to the bathroom well lit.
Continuously re-evaluate needs as the disease progresses
- In the kitchen, use stove safety knobs and childproof latches on cabinets. Everything must be looked at differently when someone needs Alzheimer’s care. Even refrigerator magnets can be dangerous.
- Consider assistance in the home. Alzheimer’s care is overwhelming when left to just one or two people.
Be prepared for emergencies
- Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Keep a first aid kit updated and emergency phone numbers handy
- Keep updated with your CPR certification.
- Put a spare key outside the house or outside your neighbor’s house
Consider electricity a hazard
- Keep electrical items unplugged.
- Store cords safely.
- Disconnecting the sink disposal may be necessary.
Remember that Alzheimer’s care is difficult on the caregiver. Respite care is vitally important. Don’t wait until you’re too stressed and feeling overburdened before calling for help. Concierge Care is here for you. Call today to ask about assistance in Alzheimer’s care for you and your loved one.