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Home Safety Precautions for Dementia Patients

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it doesn’t automatically mean that they can no longer live in their home. However, as the disease changes and progresses over time, an in-home caregiver needs to make sure the home is still safe and secure for their loved one.

In addition to hiring a professional for a home safety assessment to limit fall risks, an in-home caregiver can make simple changes around the home to create a higher degree of safety for the person who has dementia.

Here are a few basic tips to make a safer home for someone with dementia:

  • Install night lights and motion-sensor lights around the house. People with dementia will often forget to turn on lights.

  • Remove tripping hazards such as loose rugs or end tables and then leave the furniture arranged in the same way for as long as possible so as not to cause confusion.

  • Remove any firearms from the home, as it is not safe to have them even locked up in a cabinet.

  • Monitor noise levels in the house as too much noise can be overstimulating and lead to behavior issues for the person with dementia. Even the television can be too noisy.

  • Lower the temperature setting on the water heater since people with dementia lose the ability to judge temperature.

  • Invest in remote care technology so that you will be alerted if your loved one opens a door or window that could be dangerous.