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Simple steps increase home safety for those living with dementia

Home safety is a concern for people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, especially during the winter months when increased time spent indoors can reveal new hazards. To assist, the Alzheimer’s Association® offers tips to make your home a safer environment:

Address risk room by room

  • Assess kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and garages for appliances, equipment, chemicals or other items which may pose risks.
  • Use the Home Safety Checklist, developed by the Association in collaboration with Tide®, to get specific ideas for precautions in every room in the house.

 

Prevent wandering

  • When at home, use deadbolts placed either high or low on exterior doors to make it difficult for a person with dementia to wander out of the house. Do not leave the person alone in the home with the doors locked. Keep an extra set of keys hidden near the door for easy access.
  • Remove locks in bathrooms or bedrooms so the person cannot get locked inside.
  • Consider enrolling the person in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

 

Be prepared for emergencies

  • Keep a list handy of emergency phone numbers and addresses for local police and fire departments, hospitals and poison control helplines by (or stored in) your phone.
  • Make sure safety devices like fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order at all times.
  • A safer environment can help a person living with dementia to remain at home for as long as possible. For more tips, visit alz.org/care, or receive person-to-person support any time of day or night by calling the Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.