alzheimer's home safety checklist

Alzheimer’s Home Safety Checklist

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Home Safety Checklist

Family members of parents with Alzheimer’s disease can make life more accessible and safe for their loved ones with a checklist. Too many dangers in the home can lead to falling, wandering, medication safety, and house security risks. The potential for problems can overwhelm caregivers as they want to make the home safe for their parents. Following a safety checklist can reduce risky situations and create a safe environment with smart tips below to make the job easier.

How do you keep Alzheimer's patients safe at home?

Alzheimer’s patients need a safe home to feel cozy and secure, which requires less likelihood of harm and provides ample attention. Make sure your house is hazard-free and not full of pitfalls waiting to happen. Here are some methods of reducing the dangers in the home of an Alzheimer’s patients home:

General Home Safety Tips for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients

With so many potential problems in the home, it’s impossible to remember them all without a checklist. If possible, speak to someone who has cared for someone with Alzheimer’s to gain more understanding. Keep your loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia safe with these helpful home safety tips:

If your elderly parent refuses assisted living or you are dealing with elderly parent memory loss these measures may not be enough. Now is the time to start researching alternative options to your parents living home alone.

Kitchen Alzheimer's Safety Tips

Cooking with Alzheimer’s can be a recipe for disaster. Avoid a kitchen catastrophe by following these safety tips:

Bedroom Alzheimer's Safety Tips

Your Alzheimer’s parent needs a cherished sanctuary for sleep and relaxation to while away the hours. Start by keeping the bed low to the ground or using handrails to help them in and out of bed. Next, ensure the bedroom has clean pathways to get around the room. 

Remove hazards like rogue cords, rebellious rugs, and furniture that just will not stay put. 

Declutter as much as possible by removing anything not necessary to the function of the room. Also, illuminate the bedroom to prevent any unexpected trips and falls. Finally, keep an eye on the temperature of the room and the amount of blankets on the bed.

Bathroom Alzheimer's Safety Tips

The bathroom can be a treacherous place for those with Alzheimer’s. With a few smart tips, you can turn the bathroom into a fortress of safety. Follow these bathroom safety tips to avoid any unwanted dips or slips that can lead to injury:

Living Room Alzheimer's Safety Tips

Alzheimer’s patients spend a lot of time in the living room reading, watching television, napping, visiting with friends and family, and much more. However, over the years, their room becomes cluttered with paraphernalia categorizing their lives. Start by reducing the number of items to a less overwhelming amount unlikely to cause falling or tripping hazards. As with every room, remove the number of obstacles, such as loose carpets, wires, and furniture. 

Furthermore, make sure the room offers plenty of light for your parents to see. Often, seniors become attached to old furniture, offering them new seating options better for their back and bottom, and that’s easier to get in and out of when standing. Finally, remember to keep sounds down to a minimum so they can hear others and others can hear them.

Living Room Alzheimer's Safety Tips

The laundry room can be a real maze for those with Alzheimer’s disease. Too many machines with too many buttons and often too many clothes. Remove the havoc in the room by removing anything not needed. For example, eliminate excessive bottles of laundry spray, soap, and softener. Clearly label the bottles left in the room. 

Additionally, put away laundry as soon as it’s washed and dried to reduce clutter. Put all the baskets in one spot and make sure they stack to take up less space. Remove excess clutter not used for laundry to improve walking lines. Also, label the washer and dryer to make pushing the right buttons easier. With these laundry room safety tips, you will be able to keep your loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease safe and sound while they do their laundry.

Garage & Basement Alzheimer's Safety Tips

The garage and basement are like a minefield of potential hazards for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Do not let your garage or basement become a danger zone! Start with the basics, such as removing obstacles and sharp objects, along with creating proper lighting. Decluttering is key, especially half-empty paint cans, chemicals, backs of potting soil or yard supplies that can fall, etc.  

Next, it’s time for cleanup. Unplug and store powered items out of reach and take the ladder too to avoid tempting an Alzheimer’s parent from trying to reach a saw or other unsafe equipment. All harmful items need to be stashed out of reach, including hammers, nails, scissors, and other tools. It’s best to lock the entire garage or at least have a shed to lock all supplies in, such as gasoline, lawnmowers, cleaning supplies, etc. 

Lastly, label everything like a pro and keep the noise down to create a peaceful sanctuary. Do not wait for a fire to start your own personal bonfire. Install smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers to prevent any accidental pyrotechnics. Remember to check for chemicals in both the basement and the garage, as both can cause harm. 

Basement stairs are often unsafe. Check the sturdiness of the unfinished wood and for potential traps for slivers, as those are difficult and painful to remove. Any unfinished projects should go to a friend or family member capable of finishing them to prevent your parent from attempting to finish them on their own. If they refuse to let the project leave, make sure to stay with them as they finish the work. 

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