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5 Tips for Safeguarding the Home of Your Loved One with Dementia

It’s important to safeguard your loved ones’ homes as they age—even more so if they have dementia. Removing hazards and making the home safe can make a difference between living comfortably and suffering a dangerous fall.

Here are some top tips from the Alzheimer’s Association for safeguarding the home of your loved one with dementia.

  1. Go through the house and assess any risks in each room. For example, are there any chemicals that are out and accessible? Are there any electronic appliances that could be dangerous? Have you marked any stairs with bright tape? The Alzheimer’s Association has even published a Home Safety Checklist to review when checking the home.
  2. To prevent your loved one from wandering away from the home, use deadbolts on the doors. However, you never want to leave the person at home alone when the doors are locked. In addition, remove locks in bathrooms and bedrooms so they can’t get stuck.
  3. Keep emergency phone numbers stored in your phone so that you can quickly call them in need. Post important phone numbers in large print near a phone so your loved one can make a call if they have an emergency.
  4. Check all safety devices like fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors so that you can make sure they’re working.
  5. Consider getting a medical alert system. These are easy to use, and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your loved one can get help at the push of a button.
Joan Biddle
Joan Biddle
Joan Biddle is a Content Developer at Med-Alert Pros. With nearly 20 years of editing, research and writing experience, Joan crafts detailed, reliable articles that help people navigate complicated topics. She enjoys movies, reading, poetry and art.

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