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Ways to Increase Home Safety for Aging Adults with Alzheimer’s

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If your senior loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, he or she has unique needs and safety concerns that must be addressed. Home safety issues can lead to your loved one becoming sick or injured. Evaluate your loved one’s home and keep him or her safer with the following tips.

Lock Away or Remove Hazardous Materials

Dangerous chemicals, such as household cleaners, weed killers, insect sprays, and vehicle fluids, can seriously harm your loved one. These chemicals are often kept under sinks or in cupboards and garages. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it might be easy for your loved one to mistake these chemicals for other items and eat them. Accidental poisoning is a serious concern for those with Alzheimer’s disease. Lock away or remove hazardous materials and chemicals from your loved one’s home to prevent him or her from making this mistake. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs should also be kept in a safe location to prevent your loved one from overdosing.

One of the most challenging tasks of helping an elderly relative age in place safely and comfortably is researching agencies that provide elderly home care. Santa Rosa families can turn to Home Care Assistance for reliable, high-quality in-home care for aging adults. We offer 24-hour live-in care for seniors who require extensive assistance, and we also offer respite care for family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties.

Adjust Water Temperature

Hot water in the shower or bath might scald your loved one. Seniors have more delicate skin that can be easily burned. Alzheimer’s disease might make it more difficult for your loved one to tell if the water is too hot for his or her skin. Adjust the thermostat on the water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

Install Night-Lights

The functions of the brain and eyes are closely linked. As brain cells deteriorate due to Alzheimer’s disease, vision can be altered. Install night-lights along walkways in the home to make it easier for your loved one to see and prevent trips and falls as the sun goes down each evening.

Lock & Alarm Doors

Many seniors with Alzheimer’s disease wander as the condition progresses. Your loved one might leave the home in the middle of the day or night without others noticing, which is extremely dangerous. Install locks inside doors as well as door alarms to alert you and other caregivers if your loved one tries to leave.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to address if their families opt for professional homecare services. You can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep your loved one safe and comfortable while aging in place.

Remove Stove Knobs

Your loved one might accidentally turn on the stove or oven, putting him or her at risk for serious burns, or forget the oven is hot and place his or her hand on it. Remove stove knobs to prevent this from occurring. Alternately, safety knobs and an oven lock can also be installed to prevent your loved one from using the stove or oven unsupervised.

Use Gates

Simple gates can be installed in places where your loved one might be harmed. For example, if your loved one is no longer able to navigate a staircase, installing gates at the top and bottom of the stairs may prevent him or her from falling. Gates might also be helpful for keeping your loved one out of the garage or basement where dangerous supplies are kept. 

If your senior loved one has Alzheimer’s and needs help managing daily tasks, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Alzheimer’s care. Santa Rosa Home Care Assistance provides reliable caregivers around the clock to help your loved one age in place safely and comfortably while living with Alzheimer’s disease. Trust Home Care Assistance to provide high-quality compassionate, professional home care for your loved one. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (707) 843.4368.

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