Caring for a loved one with dementia presents its own unique set of challenges. Adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia see the world in new and often confusing ways. What were once everyday events can now be frightening to them, and their own home can become a place that needs to be made safer and easier to navigate. Seniors Prefer Homecare has helped many families with loved ones suffering from dementia continue to live safely at home. Here are some tips, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, that we hope will make this journey easier for your family.
Bathroom safety tips
Install a shower chair and grab bars
Place grab bars near the toilet, near the bathtub, and in the shower. A hand-held showerhead also might be helpful.
Address slippery surfaces
Place nonskid strips or a mat in the bathtub and shower. Unless the bathroom is carpeted, place nonskid strips on the floor near the bathtub, shower, toilet, and sink, too.
Use a faucet cover in the bathtub
A foam rubber faucet cover can help prevent serious injury if the person with dementia falls in the bathtub.
Lock up potentially hazardous products or electrical appliances
Install childproof latches on cabinets and drawers to limit access to potentially dangerous items. Use child-restraint caps on medication containers.
Reduce water temperature
Set the thermostat on your hot water heater to below 120 F (48.9 C).
Remove door locks
Consider removing locks from the bathroom doors to prevent the person from accidentally locking themself in.
Kitchen safety tips
Prevent access to potentially dangerous appliances
Install safety knobs on the stove to prevent the person with dementia from turning the stove on or off. Disconnect the garbage disposal.
Remove artificial fruits or vegetables or food-shaped magnets
These objects might appear to be edible.
Lock up breakable or potentially hazardous supplies
Install childproof latches on cabinets and drawers to limit access to items such as cleaning products, alcohol, matches, knives, scissors, and even plastic bags.