Keeping safe at home

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.

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