We all know it’s important as we age to take a look around our homes and consider what elements may pose a danger for us, especially in relation to keeping us safe from falls. A fall at 30, 40 or 50 typically does not have the same serious outcome as it can for someone in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond.
Yet, falls are not the only danger that we may need to consider. This is especially true if you have a loved one living with dementia. Because dementia affects the brain and its functions, it often becomes difficult for someone with dementia to reason or recognize when there is a danger. Even using regular household items can become hazardous for someone who does not remember how to use them or how to turn them off.
The checklist in this article provided by the Alzheimer’s Association gives many good suggestions for caregivers to take into consideration as they analyze the potential for unsafe situations for their loved one. This is a printable page so is handy to print and post as a reminder to recheck for necessary changes as a loved one progresses in the disease.
If you are caring for someone with dementia, consider attending our monthly support group for caregivers of someone with dementia. That group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10am at the Interfaith Caregivers office, 301 N. Main St., Blue Earth. Due weather issues and changes due to the COVID pandemic, it is best to call our office 507-526-4684, prior to attending to verify date and time.