Alzheimer’s: Make your home safe for your loved one
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult and incredibly stressful but half the battle is ensuring your home is perfectly safe for them to be in – and secure if they have a tendency to wonder. Many of us focus on the development of day to day routines and maintaining our loved ones general health and cleanliness. As a result, many of us forget one of the most important aspects of looking after someone with Alzheimer’s; ensuring the home is safe and secure.
Many individuals with any form of dementia or Alzheimer’s desire to live at home for as long as possible – in order to ensure this is possible, here are some hints and tricks to keep in mind.
Seek advice from your occupational therapist
When it comes to ensuring your home is safe for your loved one – occupational therapists are a god send! They will provide you with practical support and guidance to help your loved one be as safe as possible in their home. They will also suggest ways on carrying out day to day tasks when caring for your family member, including: baths, eating and dressing. They will also give you advice and guidance on how to keep their brain as stimulated as much as possible.
If you are looking to arrange a meeting with an occupational therapist, speak to your GP.
Falls are probably the most common and potentially serious problem that affects older people. Therefore it is important to ensure that the house is safety proofed for their needs. Changing the outlay of an older, period home can be more difficult hence why more and more families are opting for the new homes for sale in London whereby renovations can be easily done.
In order to further avoid falls, ensure there are no hazards including: rugs, loose carpets and furniture in the way of where they will walk.
Regular exercise can also improve strength in the legs along with their balance – this will also maintain good general health.
You should be aware that many medications of Alzheimer’s and dementia carry side effects including dizziness and vertigo. With this in mind you should ensure that when your loved one is walking around the house, they are never unaided. You can also speak to their GP if you feel their medication needs to be reviewed.
One of the easiest ways to increase the safety of your home is to ensure you have good lighting throughout all rooms. This will allow your elderly family member to always be able to see where they are going. Improved lighting is proven to improve the risk of falls, depression and sleep disorders amongst those suffering with such diseases.
Making your home safe for your loved one doesn’t have to be a difficult process; there is plenty of help and guidance readily available.
If you are happy with the security of your home but still are finding it difficult to cope with the ever stressful disease, it is important that you contact your local GP or occupational therapist who is always available to talk to.