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How to Keep Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Safe at Home

Home safety is always important, but if your loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s, then home safety needs to be one of your primary concerns.  Pay attention to a few key areas in your home, and you will be able to protect your loved one.

First and foremost, consider your entryways and exits.  Be sure that each door way is free of clutter and well lit.  Store any miscellaneous items away from entry points to avoid potential trips or falls.  Consider installing exterior sensors on your entryways to help guide your loved one to the doorway.  Then, always keep doors locked and check to be sure they can open and close with ease.

The next area to secure in your home is the kitchen. To protect your loved one with Alzheimer’s you may need to position secure latches on your kitchen cabinets to keep your fragile, dangerous or valuable items safe.  Lock up cleaning products, matches, knives or scissors, and install safety knobs on the stove.  Also consider any decorative fruit that you may use for display and remember that many of these decorative items perfectly resemble actual fruit, so you may need to put these away. Most importantly within the kitchen area, lock medications to prevent any confusion about what medication was taken at any given time.

The final areas of the household to consider for your loved with Alzheimer’s are the bedroom and bathroom.  Within the bedroom, use a nightlight or keep a lamp next to the bed so that your loved can quickly determine his or her surroundings.  Then, keep a clear path to the bathroom and install grab bars for the toilet, shower and/or tub areas.  You may want to think about keeping a baby monitor in your loved one’s room so that you can hear if there are any disturbances or issues during the night.

Home safety is of vital importance, but becomes a particularly stressful issue when your loved suffers from Alzheimer’s.  If you or a loved one are exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s, please contact your healthcare provider or contact Haven Behavioral Hospital at 623-236-2000 or visit phoenix.havenbehavioral.com for more information.  Haven Behavioral Hospital provides inpatient psychiatric stabilization and treatment to older adults experiencing acute symptoms of dementia, depression, anxiety, mood swings or psychosis.