Here are some things you can do - booth inside and outside the home to make it easier for a person with memory care issues to continue daily activities, to build their self-esteem and to maintain a sense of well-being. You want to make the home a safer environment to live in as well as lessen the potential of bringing on a sense of confusion.
When it comes to safety, focus on preventative action instead of retraining or teaching. Always treat the person with respect and maintain an adult approach during communication.
Inside the Home you can:
Lock away dangerous substances such as medications and cleaning products.
Keep a clean refrigerator.
Place knives, sink stoppers and small appliances out of sight.
Lower hot water temperature to avoid burns.
Have a kettle that shuts off automatically.
Remove knobs or fuses from the stove.
Ensuring the physical environment is Alzheimer friendly:
“Camouflage” doors or mirrors with curtains, screens or other decorative items to minimize “exit-seeking”.
Keep furniture in the same place to allow for easy movement through the room.
Make use of colour contrast between items, e.g. between handrail and wall.
Tack down all corners of rugs and skid-proof smaller rugs.
Have floors and stairs well lit and free from clutter.
Have gates at the top of stairs to help prevent falling.
Use signs to help the person locate where they are or which direction to take to important rooms.
Fill ashtrays will small amount of water to put out fires or soothe burns.
Have a thermostat lock installed.
Outside the Home you can:
Plant hedges around the patio and install a fence around rest of garden.
Put garden tools away immediately after use.
Use brightly coloured paint to define any steps.
Disable the car.
Inform neighbours of your family member's condition.
Register the person with the Alzheimer Society’s MedicAlert ®Safely Home ®
The above article is a summary of information that is also available on the Alzheimer's website: