Safety is important no matter what age you are. You would never want to be in danger and neither do those living with Alzheimer’s disease. There are many safety tips that can help reduce the risk of injury for both parties, but it is especially important to ensure your home is safe for a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the key aspects of safety in your home for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is securing the living room. The living room may be where your loved one spends most of their time, so this space needs to be safe and free from any dangerous or harmful items.
You can’t protect people with Alzheimer’s against everything, but you can take steps to ensure that they don’t hurt themselves or anyone else.
Around 9 out of 10 seniors injure themselves in falls each year. While most falls are not fatal, they often result in broken bones or head traumas which could mean months of hospitalization or even death.
Seniors who fall and injure themselves may also develop feelings of frailty and depression, which can result in a decrease in quality of life for them and their caregivers. Many falls happen at home because the senior is taking care of their house – cooking, cleaning, laundry – while trying to navigate around their home.
What Can You Do?
Taking these basic steps will help ensure that your loved one stays safe in their own home:
1. Install grab bars in the bathroom and near the toilet, tub, and shower. Also, install a non-slip mat or rubber strips in the tub or shower where your senior will stand while bathing or using the washroom.
2. Install railings on staircases and banisters to make your seniors feel safer when they are trying to navigate them.
3. Remove clutter, electrical cords, rugs, and other tripping hazards from hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and living rooms. Ask family members or caregivers to pick up after themselves.
4. Place nightlights in rooms that your senior uses frequently, so they can easily see when it’s dark.
5. Make sure that telephone numbers for family members, neighbors, and doctors are posted somewhere where you or your loved one can easily find them in case of an emergency.
6. Keep the thermostat at a comfortable temperature, and make sure that your senior is wearing appropriate clothing for the weather.
7. Sit down with your loved one to do a safety assessment of their living room. Make sure they can easily see where the couch, coffee table, and other furniture items are in the room; if not, consider moving them closer to doorways or windows.
8. Make sure that all sharp objects are out of sight, and keep potentially harmful substances on high shelves where your senior cannot reach them. Also, make sure they are properly labeled to avoid possible confusion with other liquids or powders.
9. If your senior lives alone and has a history of wandering, you may want to consider investing in a home security system as well as medication tracking devices. These can help alert you if your loved one is trying to leave the house at night, or has been gone too long without taking their medicine.
10. Make sure that all members of your family know how to contact each other and/or 911 if there is an emergency.
11. Make sure that you schedule regular doctor appointments, and encourage your loved one to participate in social activities such as going to the park or coffee shops with friends.
Main Takeaways – Living Room Safety For Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America recommends that you remove any hazards from your home. This includes placing locks on doors, using safety handles and moveable bars in bathrooms to keep people from falling or wandering off, installing grab bars by the toilet and shower, removing throw rugs that can be tripped over easily as well as sharp corners such as those found at doorways and windowsills.
These are just a few suggestions for making your home safe for an individual with dementia so they may continue living there safely for many years to come.
If you want more information about these recommendations we recommend checking out this article here.
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