Home Safety and Alzheimer’s

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People with Alzheimer’s can live in their homes, as long as safety measures are in place. As Alzheimer’s progresses, a person’s abilities change. But with some creativity and problem solving, you can adapt the home environment to support these changes.

How dementia affects safety

 

With creativity and flexibility, you can create a home that is both safe and supportive of the person’s needs for social interaction and meaningful activity.

Alzheimer’s disease causes a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect safety. Depending on the stage of the disease, these can include:

Judgment: forgetting how to use household appliances

Sense of time and place: getting lost on one’s own street; being unable to recognize or find familiar areas in the home

Behavior: becoming easily confused, suspicious or fearful

Physical ability: having trouble with balance; depending upon a walker or wheelchair to get around

Senses: experiencing changes in vision, hearing, sensitivity to temperatures or depth perception

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