Alzheimer's Care in Mira Mesa, CA

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When a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, one of the first things to go through most family members' minds is "How am I going to keep my loved one safe?" The truth is that, over time, seniors with Alzheimer's disease will lose their short-term memory, their ability to reason, and their ability to interact appropriately or even rationally with their environment; and this does create a very real safety concern.

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A few of the most common hazards include wandering and getting lost, wandering and getting hurt, getting locked in or out, falling, turning on an appliance and forgetting to turn it off, and getting cut. Knowing the progression of the disease, understanding the senior's perspective, and being able to address the hazards in a kind and compassionate way is the key to Alzheimer's care senior safety. Consider these three important tips:

When going out: When a senior with Alzheimer's disease goes out of the home there is always a chance they will wander and/or become separated from a family member or caregiver. Seniors should carry identification with them at all times, including an Alzheimer's alert card. In a close, residential neighborhood it is often a good idea to let the neighbors know about your loved one's condition. Experts recommend keeping a current photograph handy just in case it needs to be shown to the police. Of course, the saying says that an ounce of prevention is worth is worth a pound of cure. If a senior is prone to wandering, hiring a professional caregiver trained in Alzheimer's care just might be the best decision you could make.

At home: Keeping doors and windows secured sounds like it will keep seniors from wandering. In truth, it may reduce the risk, but there are also other considerations. One recommendation is to place a chain lock at the top of doors above eye level, and keep doors that lead to basements or attics locked at all times. Some door locks may be removed entirely, so seniors do not lock themselves into bedrooms or bathrooms.

All sharp objects should be taken out of drawers and kept off counters. These objects, including knives and scissors, should be kept in a locked cabinet. Also, consider removing the dials to the stove and oven. Medications and poisons should also be kept hidden and locked.

In general: Keep the house free of clutter with dangerous objects locked out of sight. Keep walkways wide and clear, free of cables and cords, and remove or fasten down any rugs or carpets. Consider installing motion sensors on lights. Not only does this alert the family to wandering, but it greatly reduces fall risks. Remove any furniture that is hard to see (low or clear glass tables), contains sharp of pointy edges (many coffee and end tables), or is highly unstable.

In short, Alzheimer's care is hard enough without trying to reinvent the wheel. For more information on how to keep your senior loved one safe, or to see how Comfort Keepers professional Alzheimer's care can maximize your loved one's freedom, independence, and quality of life, contact a senior care coordinator today.

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