November 18, 2014
Health Tip: Make Home Safer for Alzheimer's
Limit access to areas that could pose danger
(HealthDay News) -- People with Alzheimer's disease may wander or forget how to use household appliances such as a stove, making home a more dangerous place.
The Alzheimer's Association discusses how to make home safer:
- Install Dutch doors or folding doors to limit access to areas such as the kitchen.
- Post a list of emergency contacts, including phone numbers of local hospital, police and fire departments, and the poison-control hotline.
- Inspect devices such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers to make sure they are working properly.
- Remove any firearms from the home, and keep medications out of the person's reach.
- Reduce tripping hazards by providing plenty of lighting and picking up clutter.
- Set the water heater temperature lower to avoid burns.