WE'RE HERE TO HELP WITH ALZHEIMER'S

ALZHEIMER'S IS STRESSFUL, WE ARE HERE TO HELP

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of Dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that eventually interferes with even the most basic daily living tasks. Changes in behavior and personality may require a person with Alzheimer’s to require round the clock care in a specialized facility. Many people with Alzheimer’s, however, are able to continue to live in their own homes with the help of caregivers, outside care providers and assistive products and devices.

BEHAVIORS

WE UNDERSTAND THE RISKS

Some Alzheimer’s behaviors and changes can be managed by medication and regular check ups. Others can be managed with physical exercise, proper nutrition, good general health, and socialization. Enlist help from outside providers.

  • Adult day care services will assist with meals, social activities, and daily living activities such as bathing, grooming, and dressing.
  • Home health services are available to monitor vital functions, and provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
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RISKS

RISKS OF INJURY IN THE HOME

Alzheimer symptoms can make it difficult for someone to manage daily tasks such as cooking, eating, and bathing, dressing, turning on and off lights or even answering the phone. Memory problems may cause them to leave the water running in the sink, leave the gas-stove burner on, or forget how to turn the lights on.  The risks of injury or inability to deal with an emergency situation make it essential to remove dangerous items and make modifications to the person’s home environment to keep them safe.

SAFETY FIRST

SAFETY PRODUCTS CAN MAKE BEDROOM AREAS EASIER TO NAVIGATE

  • Is the doorway accessible?
  • Can your loved one get in and out of bed safely? If not, consider purchasing an electric bed or mattress. A Trapeze Bar can be installed if your loved one has difficulty getting out of bed. A Bed Rail can keep your loved one from falling from bed.
  • Is the light accessible from the bed? Install Night Lights.
  • Can the phone be easily reached? Place a cellular phone in a pocket attached to the bed rail.
  • Can clothing in the closet and dresser be reached? A Grab Tool
  • Is there a clear path to the bathroom? A bedside commode or urinal may be helpful if getting to the bathroom, especially at night, is a problem.

SAFETY FIRST

SAFETY PRODUCTS CAN MAKE BEDROOM AREAS EASIER TO NAVIGATE

  • Is the doorway accessible?
  • Can your loved one get in and out of bed safely? If not, consider purchasing an electric bed or mattress. A Trapeze Bar can be installed if your loved one has difficulty getting out of bed. A Bed Rail can keep your loved one from falling from bed.
  • Is the light accessible from the bed? Install Night Lights.
  • Can the phone be easily reached? Place a cellular phone in a pocket attached to the bed rail.
  • Can clothing in the closet and dresser be reached? A Grab Tool
  • Is there a clear path to the bathroom? A bedside commode or urinal may be helpful if getting to the bathroom, especially at night, is a problem.

LIVING ROOM

LIVING ROOM AREAS ARE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH EASE OF USE PRODUCTS

  • Are the walking pathways uncluttered?
  • Can your loved one get up and down from the sofa or chair safely? If not, consider investing in chairs with firm backs, armrests, and firm seats. Adding raised seat cushions existing pieces of furniture adds height to them, making it easier to move.
  • Can windows and doors be opened easily and locked securely? Add Window Locks.
  • Can the television be easily managed? Consider purchasing a large flat screen TV with a large button remote.
  • Can the light switches be manipulated easily? If not, try Consider voice-activated lamps.
  • Are electrical cords and telephone cords secured and out of the way to prevent tripping? Do not run cords under furniture or rugs where they can become frayed or damaged. Secure them with Wire Covers.
  • Is there adequate lighting throughout the house or apartment? Consider voice-activated lamps with LED bulbs, or a Hue system.
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BATHROOM

BATHROOM AREAS ARE WHERE MANY SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS OCCUR

  • Is the doorway accessible?
  • Can your loved one safely get in and out of the shower or bathtub? If not, install grab bars on the inside and outside of the bathtub or shower. If the person is heavy or can offer little help, bath lift equipment may be needed.
  • Will a transfer bench or tub chair be needed? If so, use only ones with nonskid tips.
  • Are there non-skid bath mat, or nonskid strips in place?
  • Can your loved one safely transfer to the toilet? If not, install a safety frame, raised toilet seat, or safety rails.
  • Can the outlets be reached? Test GFCI outlets monthly by pushing the test button and making sure that the appliance turns off and that it resets.
  • Can the light switches be turned on and off? Consider installing a Hue system.
  • Can the faucet be easily used? If not, consider a long handle faucet extension to the sink
  • Are there Night Lights
  • If there is a small bathroom rug, get rid of it. Replace it with a large rug that covers most of the floor and apply an adhesive back to it.
  • To reduce the risk of cuts, use an electric razor for shaving, especially if the person is taking blood-thinning medicines (such as Coumadin).

THE KITCHEN

KITCHEN AREAS CAN POSE MANY HAZARDS

  • Is the doorway accessible?
  • Are the appliances in working order? Label faucets with “HOT”, “COLD” as well as other items such as the Oven, Iron, or toaster to avoid burns.
  • Can the faucets of the sink be manipulated? If not, consider a long handle faucet extension to the sink.
  • Can the refrigerator and freezer be opened and closed?
  • Can the high and low cabinets be safely opened and closed? Label cabinets and drawers with the contents to make it easier to find things. Install childproof latches on cabinet doors.
  • Make it easier to keep track of time with a Comprehensive Wall Clock.
  • Install a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Is there adequate workspace?
  • Can utensils, pots and pans, and food be safely reached? Adaptive UtensilsScoop Plate and red ware sets make it easier to cook and eat.
  • Can the stove controls and door be safely managed? Install Safety knobs and an automatic shut off switch on the stove.
  • Can the outlets be reached? Consider Plug covers for electrical outlets.
  • Can food be safely transported to the eating area? Plastic dishes and cups eliminate the risk of breaking and cuts.
  • Are sharp objects such as scissors and knives safely stored?
  • Are flammables kept away from the stove area? Keep towels, curtains and other flammable items away from the range/stove.
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PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S CAN REMAIN INDEPENDENT

Remove items that could pose a danger to someone with Alzheimer’s such as sharp objects, medicines, chemicals, cleaning products, power appliances, glass items, and small throw rugs, and store them out of reach.

Alzheimer’s can be a difficult disease to cope with, but fortunately Todays Aging offers many products and solutions to assist you and your parent to keep them safe so they can maintain their independence at home as long as possible. An Alzheimer’s medical professional can provide you a list with photos of recommended modifications and assistive devices. Just send the list to us and we will contact you within 48 hours with a customized action item list specific to your parent’s unique needs. Let us help you keep your loved ones at home for as long as possible.

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