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Home Safety Tips for Alzheimer’s

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It is important for family members of an aging loved one living with Alzheimer’s to remember that every person with the disease or other dementia is different. All the various symptoms are not necessarily present simultaneously in all people with the disease. When someone is showing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, it is important that they see a healthcare professional as soon as possible to complete a set of tests and evaluations.

This course will give you basic home safety information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. More importantly, you will gain valuable insight for providing better care for a loved one with these conditions. At the end of the course you will be equipped with several techniques to help improve both your and your loved one’s quality of life.

Home Safety Tips

1. People with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia become increasingly unable to take care of themselves. Physical challenges can also develop. By being aware of possible dangers and taking ongoing preventative action you can reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries.

2. The best way to avoid a hazardous situation is to closely examine your loved one’s living situation and make modifications. This is not just a one-time activity either. Others or your loved one may bring or move items that could cause concern. Generally hazards to watch for fall into one of three categories:

  • Household
  • Physical
  • Financial

3. Some common financial mistakes include forgetting or overpaying bills or misunderstanding the mail. For example, your loved one may fall for a gimmick that prompts them to send money or cash for items that never arrive.

  • Make sure your loved one has a durable power of attorney for finances, a will, and a revocable living trust.
  • Stay in contact with their financial advisor, CPA and/or tax attorney.
  • You don’t want your loved one’s utilities to be shut off due to unpaid bills.

4. Prevention of hazardous situations begins with awareness. Every room and item in your loved one’s house is a potential safety concern. This is especially true as the Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia progresses. Use the Home Instead Senior Care® network’s PREVENT system to help you keep your loved one safe.

5. Self-care tip: Make sure you continue to get your regular medical checkups and preventive tests. By staying healthy and managing your own health, you’ll be better able to provide care to your loved one.

To view additional courses:  e-Learning Course: Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

**This course is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider for any medical questions.

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


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