Caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s is very difficult but there is a lot that families and friends can do to keep their loved ones safe. “We do care assessments all the time where we go into the home and point out ways to improve the situation,” said Carol Thompson, executive director and owner of Synergy Home Care in Chesterfield Township, which specializes in nonmedical homecare for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
To help families here are some of the ten tips provided by Thompson’s Synergy Home Care team and The Daily Tribune to lessen the danger that the person will exit the house including:
• Ensuring all basic needs are met.
• Checking with a doctor to determine whether medication may be causing the behavior.
• Giving the person something repetitive to do, such as rocking in a rocking chair, sweeping the floor, or folding clothes.
• Covering doors with “camouflage” posters that make them look like bookshelves or something other than a door. Doors can also be painted the same color as walls to make them “disappear.”
• Adding deadbolts to all doors leading to the outside, and keep the keys in a safe place where the patient can’t get to them. To reduce frustration, place locks up high or out of the line of sight. Never lock someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia in the home alone.
For all tips and more on how to care for those affected by Alzheimer's, dementia, and other memory issues this winter, read the full article from The Daily Tribune.