Home safety tips: Preparing for Alzheimer’s caregiving

Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s can be rewarding — and stressful. Follow these home safety tips to help keep your loved one out of harm’s way.

Home safety is important for everyone — but it carries added significance for caregivers. This is especially true if you’re caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease in your home. A throw rug or a stray toy on the steps could easily put your loved one at risk of a fall or injury.

To prevent stressful and dangerous situations, consider these home safety tips for caregivers.

Evaluating home safety

Start by thinking about your loved one’s behavior, abilities and health. Can your loved one safely use stairs? Does he or she wander or get up at night? Has he or she fallen before? Then check each room for potential hazards and make a note of changes you’d like to make. Keep in mind that changing the environment will likely be more effective than trying to change your loved one’s behavior.

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