Being Supportive to the Senior with Alzheimer’s Improves Home Safety

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There are so many ways to improve senior home safety, but even doing everything possible is not going to completely guarantee somebody else’s safety at home, including an elderly individual. For the senior who may have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, safety can be a greater concern for them as well as family members.

Here are a few things any family member or friend can do to help improve safety for that elderly individual, whether they were just diagnosed with the disease or not.
Understand their physical limitations.

A person’s physical limitations will have a direct impact on their overall safety at home. Just because an elderly individual can get around fairly well without the support of a walker or cane doesn’t mean they’re completely safe at home. They may have difficulty getting up and down stairs, for example. If they have to go outside for any reason, such as to water the garden, get the mail, or anything else, that could put them at risk if they have difficulty with steps.

Understand how memory loss can impact a person’s ability to take care of themselves at home.

Alzheimer’s is commonly associated with memory loss and when somebody is having difficulty keeping track of various things, whether it has to do with their routine, diet, doctor’s appointments, or anything else, it can be a potential problem with regard to safety.
If the senior takes the wrong prescription medications at the wrong time, it can be a potentially lethal situation. As long as memory loss is addressed properly, the senior should be able to focus on ways that will help him or her remain safe.

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