Alzheimer’s statistics are currently at an all-time high. More than 6 million Americans now have Alzheimer’s disease, and this number might rise to almost 13 million by 2050.
November was officially declared National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. In this year’s proclamation, President Biden stated that:
“The Department of Health and Human Services is investing in research and technology that can keep Alzheimer’s patients living longer in their own homes; training caregivers to support them; and educating Americans about early warning signs of Alzheimer’s, dementia risks, and brain health generally.”
Caregivers play a critical role in helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease maintain their quality of life and independence. Unfortunately, many caregivers lack the support they need to provide quality care.
At Home Health Companions, we are committed to helping caregivers get the support they need. And today, we’ll share home safety checklist tips for caregivers.
Home Safety Checklist Tips for Caregivers
Alzheimer’s disease causes impairment in memory, reasoning, and the ability to perform daily tasks. As a result, it can be difficult for people with Alzheimer’s disease to make sound decisions about what is safe or dangerous. To help, here is a home safety checklist tips for caregivers for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month:
- Keep harmful items out of reach, including medications, cleaning supplies, and tools.
- Ensure all rugs, appliances, and furniture are secured to the floor.
- Walkways and pathways should be well-lit and free of clutter.
- Store prescription drugs, vitamins, and seasonings in a locked cabinet.
- Ensure food is marked and dated, and check expiration dates regularly.
- Stove knobs should be turned to the “off” position when they’re not in use.
- All cleaning products should be stored in a locked cabinet or on a high shelf.
- Use safety clips to secure your washing machine’s lid, and ensure all electrical cords are out of reach.
- Prevent falls by installing grab bars in the shower and around toilets. Install non-slip mats in tubs and showers.
- Replace any broken or missing tiles, and clean up any spilled water.
- Closet shelves and other storage should be accessible.
- Place a seat near the bed for easy access.
Basement and Garage
- Prevent access to cars and other heavy machinery.
- Lock and keep away any tools or chemicals that could be dangerous.
Home Health Companions is looking for nurses, caregivers, and other health professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Join us in fighting Alzheimer’s disease and creating safe, supportive spaces at home. Check our careers page for more information on our competitive benefits and programs!