Family caregivers who care for loved ones with dementia have to consider how they will handle a progressive disease, one which will eventually rob them of the senior they love.
They face what seem like daily changes, which all too quickly become challenges.
For family members who are dealing with dementia, that’s just one piece of the puzzle.
Family caregivers also need to make the environment safe for their seniors.
Dementia holds unique safety concerns for those families living at home.
Dementia Proof Their Home
Here are some tips from Nurses Unlimited to help you update your senior’s home to keep them safe when failing cognition puts them at risk:
- Be sure all exterior doors have secure locks to prevent wandering. Also apply stickers to glass doors to prevent walking through glass.
- Ensure lighting is adequate in all living areas to reduce the likelihood of sundowning.
- Remove poisonous plants and secure all chemicals to prevent accidental ingestion. Secure all medications, including over the counter drugs.
- Secure guns or remove from the home. Also, safely store kitchen knives. Secure car keys.
- Cover electrical outlets and keep cords out of walkways. Safety-proof stove.
- Remove or secure valuables, irreplaceable items and mementos.
- Place an accessible fire extinguisher and be sure everyone knows how to use it.
- Secure any electric device that could be dangerous if operated, especially in garage.
It is a good idea to do the basic home seniorization essentials, such as creating a clutter-free environment, installing grab bars, removing throw rugs and other items that all aging seniors need for safety.
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