Alzheimer's & Dementia

Dementia Safety: Modifying Your Loved One’s Home

As loved ones continue to age, it is natural to worry about their well-being. This can be especially true when they are living on their own or have dementia. These factors may seem scary at first glance—but the good news is that you can optimize your loved one’s living conditions no matter what stage of life they may be in.

If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, you can make modification to his or her home to protect them from dangers around the house. This can help them feel more comfortable and secure in their environment, which can improve their quality of life.

Seniors who receive in-home dementia care in Dayton may need protection from dangerous objects, falling, or wandering away. Here are some tips for creating a safe and secure living environment for your elderly loved one.

 

Lock Up Dangerous Objects

Even if your loved one’s home appears to be safe, there are likely many hazards that you don’t see, or may not recognize as dangerous at first glance. Simple household items such as knives, kitchen appliances, tools, or heavy items can be dangerous for someone with dementia.

Store any dangerous tools or items in secure areas out of your loved one’s reach. Accidents often occur from seniors with dementia attempting to use sharp tools or kitchen appliances without help or guidance. Put sharp knives, kitchen appliances, or other dangerous objects in a locked cabinet.

There are other dangerous objects that may be overlooked, such as medications or cleaning chemicals. These can become dangerous for those with memory loss or dementia, so make sure to keep them locked away as well.

 

Dementia Safety: Modifying Your Loved One’s Home

 

Use Visual Cues and Labels:

Labeling items and using visual cues can help seniors with dementia easily identify and locate objects they need.

Use large, clear labels on drawers, cupboards, and cabinets, indicating their contents. Color-coded labels or pictures can also be helpful for individuals who have trouble reading or understanding written labels.

This can make it easier for seniors to navigate their home, as well as give them a sense of independence. It can also help prevent them getting into the dangerous objects that are locked up or stored away, as previously mentioned above.

 

Install Safety Features:

Modifying your loved one’s home to prevent any trips or falls is also very important.

If possible, build a ramp to the front door of the house and install an elevator chair to help your loved one get safely up or down the stairs. You can also install handrails along the stairs and hallways to help your loved one walk more easily.

Place smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home, especially near bedrooms and kitchen areas. Test and replace batteries regularly to ensure they’re functional.

Make sure every room in the house has bright lighting so he or she can always see clearly, and remove any area rugs on the floor. Area rugs can be a big risk for falls because your loved one can easily catch his or her foot on the rug and fall.

The only room in the house that should have some kind of rug on the floor is the bathroom. Make sure bathrooms have secure, non-slip mats near the bathtub, shower, toilet and sink. These high traffic areas are especially important to keep safe because your loved one will be using them frequently. Also, make sure to add railings in the bathroom near the toilet or shower for easy access and support. These simple modifications can help prevent falls and make your loved one feel more secure in their home.

 

Dementia Safety: Modifying Your Loved One’s Home

 

Secure the Area Around the Home

You should also make modifications to the exterior of the home to prevent your loved one from wandering when his or her Dayton caregiver isn’t around.

Putting a locked fence around the front and backyard should prevent him or her from wandering too far outside the house. Additionally, if you live with your loved one, you can install locks, monitoring systems or dementia-specific technology to provide added safety and peace of mind. This could include door alarms, motion sensors, or video monitoring systems. These tools can help alert caregivers to potential risks or wandering behaviors, ensuring prompt intervention and preventing accidents.

You may also consider placing an identification card in your loved one’s wallet. This way, you can be aware of their location at all times and find them easier if they happen to get lost.

 

Keep Emergency Numbers Accessible:

Although seniors with dementia may have difficulty communicating, it’s important to keep emergency numbers accessible for them in case of an emergency.

Keep emergency contact numbers near phones, with large fonts that are easy to read. Save these numbers in speed dial if possible and include family members’ phone numbers as well as those of healthcare providers and emergency services.

It may also be helpful to keep your loved one’s neighbors updated on their situation, so they can be on the lookout for any signs of trouble. This will help them understand what’s going on and how best to help.

 

These are just a few strategies you can implement in your loved one’s life to help them stay safe at home. If you are looking for a more tailored, one-on-one approach to care, reach out to our care professionals – they are trained to provide the best possible care for your loved one.

Home Care Assistance is a trusted provider of dementia home care that promotes safety and wellbeing in the comfort of your loved one’s home. Seniors with dementia greatly benefit from comprehensive Dayton home care to ensure their emotional and physical needs are met each day. Our compassionate caregivers oversee personal care, remind clients to take their medications, offer emotional support seniors need to meet the challenges of dementia.

Call today at 937-353-7997 to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a compassionate Care Manager today.

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