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Make Your Home Safe for Someone With Alzheimer's

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  • Put smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms on each floor, and test them to be sure they work. You might need to change the batteries every few months.
  • Don’t keep any space heaters, electric blankets, or other fire hazards in your home. If you must use them, follow the safety instructions and keep them on a sturdy surface away from rugs, curtains, furniture, or papers.
  • Cover electrical outlets you’re not using, and take care of any wiring problems. Keep lamps and other appliances near outlets so you’re less likely to trip on the cords. You can also use tape to secure them to the floor.
  • Mark any glass doors, windows, or furniture with a sticker or decal at eye level to make sure your loved one can see the panes clearly.
  • Make sure your home is well-lit. Night-lights can help in bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and any areas your loved one might need to go at night.
  • Watch out for slippery or uneven surfaces, like throw rugs, tile, or rips in the carpet. Also, make sure any walkways are clutter-free.
  • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees or lower to prevent burns from scalding tap water.
  • Post emergency phone numbers and your home address next to all the phones in your home.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on June 28, 2014
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