Dementia - keeping safe in the home
It is important to make sure the homes of people who have dementia are safe for them.
Safety Tips for the Home
Wandering can be a serious problem for people who have more advanced dementia. These tips may help prevent wandering:
To prevent harm when someone with dementia does wander:
Inspect the person's house and remove or reduce hazards for tripping and falling.
DO NOT leave a person who has advanced dementia alone at home.
Lower the temperature of the hot water tank. Remove or lock up cleaning products and other items that may be poisonous.
Make sure the kitchen is safe.
Remove, or store the following in locked areas:
Alzheimer's Association website. Dementia care practice recommendations for professionals working in a home setting. www.alz.org/national/documents/phase_4_home_care_recs.pdf. Accessed May 10, 2018.
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Review Date: 4/30/2018
Reviewed By: Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, Attending Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, SUNY Stony Brook, School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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