8 Home Safety Tips for People with Alzheimer’s

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Living with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease can present plenty of unique challenges, and home safety is one of them. Mental and physical issues can turn normal homes into a maze of hazards. Here are some things to look out for if you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Start With a Safety Assessment

The easiest way to begin evaluating your home’s safety is to simply walk through and look for hazards. Consider talking with your loved one’s medical providers to make sure you’re aware of any particular issues they may be experiencing, such as balance or mobility problems.

Watch for Trip Hazards

Falls can be devastating to those with Alzheimer’s, so it’s important to keep an eye out for any hazards that may lead to falling. Make sure different flooring types have ramps or risers to smooth the transition to different levels in the home, and watch out for thick rugs or slippery floor spots. Keep the floors clear of clutter, and be particularly careful about stairs. Consider putting your loved one’s bedroom on the first floor and restricting access to the second floor, or consider installing nonslip flooring.

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