There are some practical and useful steps that you, as a care-giver, may want to implement should you find yourself caring for an aging loved-one with Alzheimer’s. For example, a medic-alert bracelet is a good idea, letting anyone know that this person has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. By doing so, your loved one is also registered with local low enforcement to better ensure they get safely home.
Around the home, specifically, there are concerns too. Make sure lighting is adequate. Prevent falls by moving unneeded area rugs, and stowing electrical cords. Covering outlets is a good idea. You may want to install motion detectors. Also, invest in some good locks and discourage unwanted visitors with a no solicitors sign.
- If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, install motion detectors in the house, probably the ones with video capabilities as an extra pair of eyes.
- People with Alzheimer’s disease can be victims of telephone exploitation, so have other family members pick up the phone.
- Hazardous materials should be out of the reach of someone with Alzheimer’s disease as well as password locking electronics and internet access.
“The MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return program is available for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who may wander off, in which case the registered bracelet will have personalized information like emergency contacts and health history.”