General Safety Concerns

Return to the prior page:  What are the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

People with AD become increasingly unable to take care of themselves. However, individuals will move through the disease in their own unique manner.  As a caregiver, you face the ongoing challenge of adapting to each change in the person’s behavior and functioning.   The following general principles may be helpful.

  • Think prevention.  It is very difficult to predict what a person with Alzheimer’s might do.  Just because something has not yet occurred, does not mean it should not be cause for concern.  Even with the best-laid plans, accidents can happen. Therefore, checking the safety of your home will help you take control of some of the potential problems that may create hazardous situations.
  • Adapt the environment. It is more effective to change the environment than to change most behaviors. While some AD behaviors can be managed with special medications prescribed by a doctor, many cannot.  You can make changes in an environment to decrease the hazards and stressors that accompany these behavioral and functional changes.
  • Minimize danger.  By minimizing danger, you can maximize independence. A safe environment can be a less restrictive environment where the person with AD can experience increased security and more mobility.

See the next topic in this series:  Is it Safe to Leave a Person with AD Alone?

Acorn wishes to acknowledge the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center that were the sources for this valuable content.