Being the caregiver to a loved one can be a challenge. When the person is suffering from Alheimer’s the difficulty increases a great deal. Their confusion and frustration make it much harder for you to accomplish the daily care that you must give them. As the disease progresses it becomes more and more overwhelming for the caretaker. With the mental degeneration that Alzheimers causes there will be a slew of safety issues that you need to take care of.
It has been found to be helpful to go through the home and childproof it, as if a toddler would be staying there. Anything that could be a possible danger to a young child can pose the same danger with an Alzheimer’s patient. Possibly more dangerous, as adults have the dexterity, motor skills and reach to get into things that children do not.
Put poisonous objects well out of their reach and under lock and key. While this may seem like overkill, dementia patients will surprise you with their ability to figure out ways around your preventative measures. Over the counter medicines, cleaning supplies and other seemingly harmless items can be ingested and overdosed. Many plants are poisonous and you may need to get rid of them, since Alzheimers patients sometimes like to put things in their mouths.
Dangerous objects should be taken care of in the same manner. One might think about sharp knives, pointed objects, guns and things of that nature. Do not forget matches, lighters, aerosol sprays, razors, scissors and anything else that could potentially be harmful to the patient.
Use safety locks on kitchen cabinets and other storage spaces that hold items which could hurt them. Place special locks on all exterior doors that are either out of reach or impossible to open. Many patients have been known to open the door and wander off. Remove interior locks on bedroom and bathroom doors so they can not lock themselves in and you out.
Remove the knobs off of stoves when you are not cooking. If possible set it up so that power to stoves and ovens can be cut off easily and do so when they are not being used.
It is strongly recommended that an ID bracelet for the patient be purchased. This should include their name, address and a phone number where you can be reached. Alzheimers patients are well known for walking off and getting lost. Even when they are found by a good Samaritan or police officer, they are unable to tell the person their name or where they live.