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Reducing Fall Risks for Dementia Patients at Home

Alzheimer’s Care in Campbell, CA – Use these Helpful Tips to Adapt Your Elderly Loved One’s Home to their Changing Dementia Symptoms

Alzheimer's Home Care in Campbell CAProviding any type of dementia care at home means focusing on the best strategies and methods to keep the patient safe, comfortable, and engaged in activities when they want to be. The risk of tripping and falling for a dementia patient can actually increase, due to their focus, attention, and other memory-related issues.

A person with dementia may get up in the middle of the night for an irrational reason. They might think it’s later in the day, believe it’s a different year, or be confused about some other issue. Thinking it’s daytime and walking into a dark house can increase the risk of running into something and falling down.

There are ways to reduce the risk of falls for dementia patients at home. Below are a few of those ideas that the you may want to incorporate.

1. Ensure that there is plenty of lighting throughout the home. This may seem obvious, but having a well lit home is going to reduce the risk of running into things or tripping over them because the patient didn’t see them. Reducing the number of shadows and dark areas will help to prevent a dementia patient from misinterpreting things they see.

A dementia patient also might have difficulty discerning colors that are quite similar to one another. For example, a white colored carpeting in the hall that also runs down the stairs may make it more difficult for the dementia patient to recognize the first step down the stairs.

2. Make sure walking paths are clear, both inside and outside the home. If there’s a loose rug or an electrical cord that is running across the floor, a dementia patient might have more difficulty recognizing these potential hazards. Even leaves and loose rocks on a walking path outside the home could be potential tripping hazards for the dementia patient.

3. Make it easy for the dementia patient to call for help. If they have trouble, need to get to a telephone, or have some type of emergency, trying to get to that phone could cause them to fall, especially if they are only focused on one thing and not where they are walking.

Relying on remote care technologies, such as an auto detector or alert bracelet, can be highly beneficial for dementia patient during an emergency.

4. Focus on footwear. If a person is wearing slippers, make sure they are non slip. You also want to make sure they don’t slide off the person’s foot.

These are just a few things you can do to help keep the patient safer at home.

If you or a loved one could benefit from the help of Alzheimer’s care services in Campbell, CA, contact Guidance Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of senior care. Call 408-660-3277 for more information.

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Dan Schneider

Dan founded Guidance Home Care in 2006 after recognizing a growing need for professional, high-quality in-home senior care in Santa Clara County, California. After 20 years of passionately advocating for his clients in the corporate world – including founding a successful translation service business in Japan – Dan decided to start a business that contributed more directly to people’s lives. Having witnessed the challenges his family and friends experienced acquiring quality care for their loved ones, he put his plan into action and founded Guidance. When not in the office, Dan enjoys nature and the great outdoors, mountain biking, and spending time with his family. He was born and raised in Wisconsin and is a proud “cheesehead” and Green Bay Packers fan.