Home Care in Glendale AZ
Older adults in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease become extremely challenging for family members to take care of, but do require around-the-clock supervision. Many people turn to professional home care providers in order to provide the type of care and supervision the elder needs. However, the in-home care provider may not be available 24 hours a day, so it is important that their home is safe enough for the times they will be by themselves.
Not only will the senior feel more at ease being surrounded by the familiar atmosphere of their home, but family members and caregivers will also be able to relax knowing that their loved one’s home is safe. Here are a few ways to keep the elder’s home safe.
Throughout the Home
- Let the answering machine pick up the call. When someone with Alzheimer’s disease hears the phone ring, they may not know how to take messages or could be the victim of telephone exploitation. To prevent this from happening, set up the answering machine to pick up the call after as few rings as possible.
- Safety proof the outlets. Make sure all unused outlets are covered with childproof plugs.
Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. These devices could save a life if there were ever high levels of carbon monoxide or a fire in the home. Install them in the kitchen and near all bedrooms in order to easily wake everyone up in case of emergency.
- Lock up the booze. Elders with Alzheimer’s disease will become even more confused if the consume excessive amounts of alcohol. The best way to prevent this is by placing all alcohol in a locked cabinet.
- Remove all weapons. Guns and other weapons can pique the interest of a curious senior with Alzheimer’s disease. Since the result of playing with these weapons could be death, it is extremely important they are all placed in a locked cabinet or are removed from the home.
- Place fish tanks out of reach. Fish tanks do not only involve fish and tanks, but also require electrical pumps, glass, and other dangerous objects that could be hazardous to your elderly parent.
- Remove clutter from the home. Clutter can be dangerous for all seniors because it increases their chances of falling and getting injured. Keep all hallways and floors free from clutter in order to prevent your loved one from getting seriously hurt.
- Hide all poisonous items. Cleaning chemicals can be deadly if consumed, so make sure to hide these products from the elder. If they do consume poisonous chemicals, call Poison Control immediately (1-800-222-1222).
Older adults with Alzheimer’s disease should have someone with them at all times, but follow these tips for those times when they may be left alone for a short amount of time.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Glendale, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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