Tips for Making the Home Safer for Elderly Relatives

Creating A Safe Home For Alzheimer’s Patients

By: Jane Weyman
It is estimated that 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s dementia, and 15.9 million family and friends are currently providing hours of care to those with this condition. If you’re caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s, then you know that it can be a challenge to keep your loved one safe even inside the home. As the disease progresses over time, it’s imperative to make sure that your home is secure for a person with Alzheimer’s. Not only do you keep them safe from harm, but you can also help them to stay independent and enjoy being at home. Follow these tips to create a safe home for Alzheimer’s patients.

Keep Your Home Clean and Clutter-Free
A cluttered and untidy home can make a person with Alzheimer’s feel distracted. To keep your loved one safe at home, clear your home of clutter and excess knick knacks and embrace minimalist décor. Remove artificial fruits or vegetables and any other décor that resembles food as these objects may appear to be edible. Keep things well organized and consider putting labels on drawers or cabinets to help your loved one.

Get Rid of Tripping and Slipping Hazards
Get rid of anything that can cause your relative to trip or slip. Rugs and carpets are the number one hazards for slipping, so consider pulling them up or attaching non-slip pads to make them safer for your loved one. You should also watch out for electrical cords and cables and keep them neat and under control. If there are any young children living with you, it’s a good idea to designate a certain place in your home as their playroom or play nook to keep their toys and mess contained to just one area.

Create A Safer Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms inside a home as according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries occurring in the bathroom. Make your bathroom safer for your loved one by installing a shower chair and grab bars. You should also think about installing non-skid mats in the bathtub and shower to prevent slipping and falling. Consider locking up medication, chemical toilet cleaners, and electrical appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners, and remove door locks to prevent your loved one from getting accidentally locked in.
Additionally, you should let your loved one wear a GPS tracking device so you’ll be able to track down your relative in case he or she wanders. Follow these tips to create a safer and happier home for Alzheimer’s patients.