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Minimize Danger Around the House


Caregivers come in many different packages. We may be caring for children with developmental disabilities, young adults with traumatic brain injuries, aging parents with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. There are no two identical caregiving scenarios but there are some great universal tips and information for specific special needs. Today, we will take a look at Alzheimer’s Disease and a wonderful resource for those seeking more support.

The National Institute on Aging and their Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center recently shared the following helpful information:

People with Alzheimer’s disease may not see, smell, touch, hear and/or taste things as they used to. Make life safer around the house by:

  • Checking foods in the refrigerator often. Throw out anything that has gone bad.

  • Put away or lock up things like toothpaste, lotions, shampoos, rubbing alcohol, soap, or perfume. They may look and smell like food to a person with Alzheimer’s.

  • If the person wears a hearing aid, check the batteries and settings often.

Learn more about home safety for people with Alzheimer’s. Remember to re-evaluate the safety of the person’s home as behavior and abilities change.

Share this information with other caregivers on social media:

Twitter: #Alz #caregiving tip: Change the person’s surroundings instead of their behavior. Get info on changes you can make: http://bit.ly/2rWfvhM

Facebook: People with Alzheimer’s disease may not see, smell, touch, hear and/or taste things as they used to. Caregivers can help by:

  • Making changes to the home instead of trying to change behavior

  • Frequently evaluating the safety of the person’s home as their behavior and abilities change

Get tips on basic safety for every room, moving around the house, and minimizing danger:



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