Follow These Easy Steps
If your loved one has dementia, you may be worried about their safety at home. As dementia progresses, they will be less able to take care of themselves, so it’s important for you to prepare their home to make it safer for them to live.
Many dementia patients will undergo occupational therapy and physical therapy sessions in order to strengthen their muscles and improve their mobility, however, there are little things you can do to help protect them from falls and accidents.
Looking Through Their Eyes
The first thing to do is to look at the home through their eyes. What objects or areas could cause injury? Things such as car keys, guns, tools, scissors, and knives should be either removed from the home or locked up. You may also want to consider locking up cleaning supplies like bleach or other toxic materials.
What could happen if they suddenly left the house? To prevent this, install bolt locks on all the exits. Another good idea is to place motion sensors near the doors so both they and you know they’re trying to leave.
What situations could cause accidents? If there are stairs in the house, take some precautions to make sure they’re safe. Make sure the railing is sturdy and if they have carpeted pieces attached to them, make sure the carpet is secure. To help them see each stair, you could also mark them with bright-colored tape to decrease likelihood of tripping or falling. Electrical appliances could also cause an accident or an injury, so unplug any appliance that isn’t in use.
Other Safety Precautions
Other precautions you may want to take include:
- Disabling the garbage disposal and stove top when not in use.
- Locking-up medications or removing them from sight.
- Regularly checking food items to make sure they haven’t expired.
- Installing no-slip rubber mats and rails around the bathroom.
- Installing a shower bench to prevent falling.
By taking these precautions, you can reduce the risk of injury to your loved one and help them maintain their comfort and independence. To learn more about what you can do for your loved one with dementia, contact our New Generations home care company.