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Help for Families Faced with Alzheimer’s

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The Home Instead Senior Care® network’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Guide stresses the importance of creating a safe environment for your senior loved one and offers instruction for family caregivers in how to keep seniors safe at home. For example:

  • Use appliances that have an auto shutoff feature and keep them away from water sources such as kitchen and bathroom sinks.
  • Consider removing the knobs from a stove burner. If that’s impractical, install a hidden gas valve or circuit break on the stove.
  • Keep medications locked up. Remove vitamins, prescription drugs, sugar substitutes and seasonings from kitchen tables and counters.
  • Remove toxic plants and decorative fruits that may be mistaken for food.
  • Place such things as knives, power tools and firearms in a secure place. Grills and lawn mowers also can be dangers, so make them as inaccessible as possible.
  • Put a sign on the bathroom door or leave the light on at night if the family member is looking for a bathroom.

Any family member who cares for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease knows how important it is to safeguard a home. The challenges of Alzheimer’s can leave older adults — especially those living alone — vulnerable to any number of home safety risks.

This program is offered at no cost to you. If you’re a caregiver dealing with these difficult issues, consider Family Caregiver Alzheimer’s Training. The unique strategies are a big help when a senior loved one experiences anxiety or wandering — common side effects of this disease that can create a safety risk. The training features the same methods that we use to train our professional CAREGivers.

Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga provides CARE services and family support for those affected with Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias. To learn more about our Alzheimer’s support programs, please give us a call at 905- 276-2273.

Home Care Mississauga helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Please call 905- 276-2273.


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