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Adapting Your Home for Your Loved One With Alzheimer's

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Bedroom

  • Is the doorway accessible?
  • Can your loved one get in and out of bed safely? If not, consider purchasing an electric bed or mattress.
  • Is the light accessible from the bed?
  • Can the phone be easily reached?
  • Can clothing in the closet and dresser be reached?
  • Is there a clear path to the bathroom?

 

Bathroom

  • Is the doorway accessible?
  • Can your loved one safely get in and out of the shower or bathtub? If not, install grab bars on the inside and outside of the bathtub or shower. Towel racks are not sturdy enough to be used as grab bars.
  • Will a tub bench or tub chair be needed? If so, use only ones with nonskid tips.
  • Are there bath mats or nonskid strips in place?
  • Can your loved one safely transfer to the toilet? If not, install a safety frame, raised seat, or grab bar.
  • Can the outlets be reached? Test GFCI outlets monthly by pushing the test button to make sure the appliance turns off and that it resets.
  • Can the light switches be turned on and off?
  • Can the faucet be easily used? If not, consider extended hand levers to make them easier to turn.
  • Is there a night light?
  • If there is a small bathroom rug, get rid of it. Replace it with a large rug that covers most of the floor and apply an adhesive back to it.

Stairways

  • Is a secure handrail present? It may be helpful to install a second handrail so there is one on both sides of the stairs.
  • Is there adequate lighting at the top and bottom of the stairs?
  • Is the carpet secure?
  • Put rough texture treads on steps with a smooth surface.
  • Are the steps free of clutter?
  • If stairs are difficult, it may be helpful to arrange most of the activities on the lower level of the house.

Who does Alzheimer's affect in your family?