Safety is a major issue for those who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease – both their own safety and that of their elderly. The reason is simple. The behavior pattern of those with Alzheimer’s is unpredictable. Here we have listed below some safety tips to help you protect yourself and your loved one with Alzheimer’s.
A Safe Home Environment for Alzheimer’s Disease Patients
Creating a safe home environment is essential. If your loved one lives with you, the primary goal needs to be to make the place safe for them. You probably know a few safety tips for seniors, but for those with Alzheimer’s disease, you will need additional measures. Th Alzheimer’s patients are known for their habit of wandering off, injuring themselves in the process.
- Make sure that your loved one wears an ID bracelet. This way, if they get lost, people will be able to tell who they are and where they live.
- As Alzheimer’s patients often act like children, it would be wise to install child-safety devices all over the house on doors and windows. This way they won’t be able to leave the home without your permission.
- Remove sharp objects, or weapons if you have them, from the house. Minimize the chances of your senior injuring themselves or even others.
- Keep all of the medications in a safety deposit box, or under lock. This way your elderly won’t be able to take the wrong medicine or even overdose themselves on the right ones.
- Be sure to inform local representatives of the law that your elderly suffers from Alzheimer’s and that they have a habit of wandering off. This way, police officers will know how to contact you or bring them directly home.
If these tips aren’t helpful, and you can’t handle your loved one on your own, don’t hesitate to ask for outside help.
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