If you’re living with a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you can make life better by making your home safer. Dr. Peggy Higgins of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Utah Southwestern Medical Center says the key is to “simplify, simplify, simplify.”
She says that falls are the main culprits and advises that you remove clutter, add adequate lighting and night-lights, and have the patient wear shoes, not slippers. Eliminate throw or scatter rugs as well.
The disease takes away a person’s ability to reason or sense danger. Childproofing tools are handy throughout the house. Also lock up knives and cleaning solutions, and keep medications secure.
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