Dementia will affect every person differently. Common symptoms such as memory loss, confusion, and disorientation are to be expected, while limited coordination and mobility can affect the safety of older adults. The family, friends, and healthcare professionals must be there to help the individual with dementia to feel as safe and secure as possible. Read on to learn more about setting up a safe living environment for someone with dementia!
Safety Inside The Home
The best kind of living environment for someone with dementia is one that helps them be as independent and happy as possible. Being familiar with the environment and routines is key for anyone with dementia. The home environment should help let them know where they are and help them access the places where they want to go. Too many changes in the environment can add to the confusion and disorientation of your loved one. Here are some tips to make the home a safe environment for someone with dementia:
- Remove the loose rugs and seal any carpet edges that could be safety hazards.
- Arrange the furniture simply and consistently.
- Install nightlights in the hallways and also in the toilet to help them find their way to the bathroom.
- Keep the environment free from clutter.
- Remove or safely store the old medications and any hazardous materials.
- Install safety switches in your home.
- Remove hot water bottles and electric blankets as they might be a safety hazard.
- Replace dangerous forms of heating with safer heating options.
- Check appliances such as toasters and heaters to ensure they are not safety hazards.
- Use hot water jugs and other appliances that will shut off automatically.
- Consider using thermostats to control the water temperature that comes out of the taps.
- Replace long electrical cords on appliances with retractable or coiled ones.
- Check that the smoke detectors are fully functional. Someone with dementia may require someone else to check that the battery is working and make sure that the alarm is loud enough.
Safety Outside The Home
Some people who have dementia might become disoriented and get lost in unfamiliar surroundings. So, they need to carry with them appropriate identification at all times. This includes their name, address, and an emergency contact number. It is ideal to give them an identity bracelet. Some tips for ensuring safety outside the home include:
- Check catches on your gates.
- Keep the paths well swept and clear of branches.
- Remove any poisonous plants and hazardous substances from the garages and sheds.
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