Safety Tips for the Home
Wandering can be a serious problem in people who have more advanced dementia.
These tips may help prevent wandering:
- Place alarms on all doors and windows that will sound if the doors are opened.
- Place a "Stop" sign on doors to the outside.
- Keep car keys out of sight.
To prevent harm when someone with dementia does wander:
- Have the patient wear an identification bracelet or necklace with their name, address, and phone number.
- Tell neighbors and others in the area that the person who has dementia may wander. Ask them to call you or to help them get home.
- Fence and close off any areas that may be dangerous, such as a stairwell or deck, or a hot tub or swimming pool.
- Consider giving the person a GPS device or a cell phone (which will have a GPS locator embedded in it).
- Inspect the person’s house, and remove or reduce hazards for tripping and falling.
Other home safety tips include:
- Do not leave a person who has advanced dementia alone in the home.
- Lower the temperature of the hot water tank. Remove or lock up cleaning products and other items that may be poisonous.
- Make sure the kitchen is safe.
- Remove knobs on the stove when it is not in use.
- Lock up sharp objects.
Remove, or store in locked areas:
- All medicines, including the patient’s medicines and any over-the-counter drugs and supplements
- All alcohol
- All guns. Separate ammunition from the weapons.