The kitchen is particularly worrisome. There are many opportunities for accidents, especially when cooking. An Alzheimer’s patient may misuse an appliance or forget that something is cooking. The stove or oven may be left on etc. If at all possible the patient should have a caregiver available to help with everyday tasks and activities of daily living. Simple changes can be implemented such as using child-resistant caps and latches should be used wherever possible. All potentially harmful items e.g. chemicals, medicines, weapons, machinery should be locked away.
Be aware of carpets, clutter and cords. When carpets are uneven they can create a fall risk. Clutter can cause confusion and disorientation. Electrical cords and extension cords should be kept well out of the way. Walk areas should be free and clear and there should be adequate lighting.
The bathroom should have the locks removed so the person can’t lock themselves in. The person should not have access to the basement, garage or outside areas. The caregiver should be instructed to lock all windows and door to prevent wandering.
It can be very useful to hire a caregiver that is trained in Alzheimer’s care. An agency such as Thrive at Home can provide such a caregiver. The caregiver can help with keeping the patient safe and comfortable.