When caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease at home, safety and accessibility are important concerns.
Make potentially dangerous places safe by
- Locking hazardous areas and ensure cleaning fluids are not available.
- Place door locks out of sight
- Use safety devices such as child- proof locks to limit access to places where knives, appliances, or equipment are stored.
Avoid injury during daily activities by
- Monitoring water and food temperatures
- Installing grab rails and walk - in showers
- Preventing falls from slippery floors especially in bathrooms.
Be aware of hazardous objects by
- Limiting the use of knives, lawnmowers and cooking equipment
- Supervising smoking and consumption of alcohol.
- Removing objects like coffee tables and floor lamps etc that could cause falls.
- Checking and cleaning the fridge frequently and removing inedible food.
BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers and addresses for e.g. your GP, Clergyman, Hospital, Ambulance services,Electrician etc.
- Check smoke alarms, regularly,if installed.
- Know the name of your local Public Health Nurse,GP and Carer if involved.
- People who need to know should have a copy of the list.