How to Create a Safe Environment for People with Dementia
When you have a loved one suffering from dementia, it is important to provide them with a home that is a safe, convenient, and comfortable as possible. This is because for people who have Alzheimer’s disease, they may begin forgetting to do certain things like shutting off the oven, where to find certain things in the house, using a phone, and more. This can make life a challenge and for this reason, it is important to be able to create a home safe for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.
Here are a few ways you can create a dementia safe environment:
- Residential Care: One of the best things you can do to ensure your loved one is in a safe environment that can cater to their unique needs is to move them into an assisted living group home in Montgomery County, Maryland. These group homes not only provide a safe place for your loved ones but they will also receive the best dementia care possible.
- Remove Dangerous Items: When you are creating a safe home for your loved one with dementia, it is important to remove all of the dangerous items from the house. This can include items such as certain kinds of medications, alcohol, poisons, household products like paint thinner, and more.
- Make the House Simple: It is important to make the house as simple as possible. Remove unneeded furniture, make sure there is no clutter, keep cords tucked away, use nonslip flooring such as carpet, and add gates to stairs if your loved one has impaired balance. This will go a long way in keeping the home safe.
- Emergencies: You never know when an emergency situation may arise such as a fire. For these situations, it is important to have a carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in every room, have important phone numbers written down at every phone, use automatic shut off switches for the stove and oven, and childproof plugs and electrical outlets.
Those are just a few of the many ways you can create a safe environment for a loved one with dementia. If you would like to find out more or if you are interested in our residential long term care, please feel free to get in touch with Serenity Gardens Assisted Living anytime.