Your senior’s home needs to be as safe as possible no matter what, but if she has dementia, those safety needs might look a little bit different. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Periodically Check the House
Safety walkthroughs are an important thing to do in your senior’s home no matter what. They can help you to spot damage that needs to be repaired or anything that might need to be adjusted or corrected to help your senior be safer. When you do these regularly, you’re more likely to spot even little issues.
Lighting Always Helps
Lights are one of the most important parts of any safety plan. Your senior’s eyes are changing, even if she doesn’t realize it. Having brighter lighting ensures that she’s more likely to notice obstacles and avoid them. Changing out older, dimmer light bulbs for LED versions can help a lot without increasing your senior’s electrical bill.
Consider Additional Locks
Because of dementia, your senior might not think about exiting the house the same way that she used to. If she’s prone to wandering, you might want to consider adding some extra locks to your elderly family member’s exterior doors. Putting those extra locks higher on the door than normal can help to ensure that your elderly family member doesn’t accidentally leave the house without you or someone else with her.
Make Sure You’re Prepared for Emergencies
Having an emergency plan is an essential part of safety. Make sure that you include your senior’s identification and extra medication in any kit you put together. Your emergency bag should also include food, water, and a change of clothes. It’s also a good idea to make sure that all of your senior’s smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. These small details can help you to get your senior to safety fast in an emergency.
Look for Ways to Make Her Life Easier as Well as Safer
Some of these solutions might feel bad to you at first. But remember that dementia changes how your senior’s brain functions. What you’re looking for are ways to make her life easier and safer while also giving you peace of mind. It might help to hire home health care providers, too. Home health care providers can help you to spot potential trouble spots you overlooked.
Your focus when it comes to safety might feel different when you’re helping a senior with dementia, but you’re really just trying to cover all the eventualities.