Dementia - Home Safety specific to Alzheimer's and other dementias
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
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
Behavior: becoming easily confused, suspicious or fearful
Physical ability: having trouble with balance
Senses: experiencing changes in vision, hearing, sensitivity to temperatures or depth perception
Visit the Alzheimer's Association. for Home Safety Tips and a Home Safety Evaluation.