How You Can Help Loved Ones With Dementia

Posted on by Marsha Keller to Downsizing

A large number of the 5 million people living with dementia or Alzheimer's in the U.S. are receiving their care at home or in the home of a family member. For working families, adult day care programs with memory care services are a lower-cost option than private, in-home care.

Are you assisting your loved one in their home and need some assistance. Here are some alterations to consider to keep everyone safe. 

  • Lock up or remove dangerous items like household chemicals, knives/scissors, firearms, and sharp tools
  • Secure dangerous kitchen appliances by adding safety knobs to rangetops/ovens and disconnecting garbage disposals
  • Be sure the garage door opener has a functioning safety stop
  • Eliminate tripping hazards, like loose throw rugs and extension/power cords strung across the floor
  • Keep all keys for cars, lawnmowers, secured spaces, etc locked away
  • Lock up medications and first aid items
  • Install grab bars in the bathroom, hand rails on stairs, non-slip decals/tape to bathtubs and decals for any glass doors or large windows
  • Intall smoke detectors and check them twice a year

Here are some area adult day care options:

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