We’ve said that undue changes can bring undue stress to a person facing the cognitive impairment which comes with Alzheimer’s. But safety around the home is paramount – so these are changes which are wholly necessary to keep your loved one safe at all times.
As Alzheimer’s sufferers’ judgment can decline, the risks of injuries such as falls steadily rises. This can be mitigated and overcome by eradicating any unnecessary clutter from your loved one’s home environment.
As home carers, we at Pure Life are mindful of these everyday practical measures, which are simple but effective – and can make a world of difference.
Think of it as a kind of checklist. For example, remove loose rugs which could cause slips and falls. Lock away harmful products such as medicines and cleaning products. Make sure there no electrical cables lurking which could act as trip hazards.
Put in handrails and grab rails where necessary, so your loved one can get around easily. Make sure hallways and thoroughfares around the house have no chance of becoming obstacle courses; clear walking routes between lounge, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and back are a must as safety considerations.
Ensure that all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working effectively. And make certain the heating is timed to maintain your loved one’s comfort day and night, and the temperature of the water taps is just right, to stop any chance of scalding.
Pure Life carers are on hand as part of our Alzheimer’s care at home service to put these crucial steps in place in your loved one’s home at all times. And the specific individual needs of your special person are at the heart of our care plan, always.