Having a safe and supportive home is an important concern for those caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or another dementia related vulnerability. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the abilities of a person with dementia change. Your loved one may lose the ability to tell good from bad, harmful from safe, and appropriate from inappropriate. Changes in vision and cognition may make it difficult for them to distinguish colours or even understand what is being seen.
With our handy home safety tips and checklist below, along with a little creativity, flexibility and problem solving skills, you can adapt your, or your loved one’s home, to support these changes.
Understanding How Alzheimer’s/Dementia Limits a Loved One’s Safety
Alzheimer’s causes a range of changes that affect a loved one’s safety through impaired:
- Judgement – forgetting to use household appliances; putting harmful substances in their mouth; dressing inappropriately for the weather
- Sense of time and place – getting lost on their own street; not recognising familiar areas within their own home; going out late at night
- Behaviour – becoming easily confused, aggressive, fearful or suspicious
- Physical abilities – having trouble with balance; slipping, tripping or falling; dropping or breaking sharp objects
- Senses – experiencing loss of vision or hearing; insensitive to temperature; lack of sense of smell
Tips for Creating a Safe and Supportive Home
Download our FREE Creating a safe home environment for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s booklet to help you create a safe home environment for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia related vulnerability.
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