Overview: Safety

If you are part of a family living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to remember that one of the keys to aging at home is doing so safely. A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease does not have to signal the loss of independence and freedom. As many… Read More

CAREGiver Weighs In on Bathroom Safety

In this video, a Home Instead CAREGiver™ discusses bathroom safety and ways to prevent possible injuries. Read More

CAREGiver Advice on Locking the Doors

In this video, a Home Instead CAREGiver™ tells a story of a client who needed locks on their door to prevent from wandering and other possible incidents. Read More

Ideas to Keep Your Loved One with Dementia Safe

If you’re worried about your loved one turning the stove on, turn the circuit breaker to the stove and oven off. This way, you’ll know when the stove or oven are on. Reduce throw rugs, loose wires and clutter in the house. Make sure the home has plenty of space… Read More

3 Quick Tips for Wandering

Keep contact information on your loved one. Place alarms in the doors of the home so you are notified if your loved one tries to leave. Bed alarms are also available for later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Read More

5 Overlooked Dangers in the Homes of People With Alzheimer’s

Excessive clutter. It’s a tripping hazard, as neurological changes cause your loved one to shuffle his or her feet when walking. Old or extra medications. Don’t store any family member’s leftover drugs, vitamins (especially iron pills), aspirin, or other medications—prescription or over-the-counter—where they’re accessible. Electric blankets and heating pads. These… Read More

Safety Precautions to Protect an Alzheimer’s Patient Who Wanders

Keep keys out of sight. Avoid crowds. Don’t let a wanderer go outside alone. Don’t leave your loved one in the car. Make the house safer for walking. Install nightlights. Consider childproof locks for dangerous doors. Try new locks. Try a “Do Not Enter” sign on an exit door. Look… Read More

5 Tips to Get a Dangerous Driver With Dementia off the Road

Talk to your loved one. Propose alternative sources of transportation. Enlist help. Disable, relocate, or sell the vehicle. Try white lies. Read More

Kitchen Safety Tips for Someone Living with Alzheimer’s

Remove spices or medicines from the counter tops and keep cleaning supplies in a locked place. Remove scissors and knives from counter tops and drawers. A person living with Alzheimer’s may hurt himself or others with these dangerous items. Remove all items that cause confusion. Disguise the garbage disposal switches…. Read More

Home Safety for One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Remove any furniture that is not needed. Place remaining furniture so that there is enough space for a walker or wheelchair. Once the person in your care has gotten used to where the furniture is, do not change it. Make sure furniture will not move if it is leaned on…. Read More