Here is a message from the National Institute on Aging:
People with Alzheimer’s may not see as well as they used to, making it a problem to navigate around the house safely. Here are some changes you can make around the house that may reduce their risk of falling:
- Simplify the home. Too much furniture can make it hard to move around freely.
- Get rid of clutter, such as piles of newspapers and magazines.
- Have a sturdy handrail on stairways.
- Put carpet on stairs or mark the edges of steps with brightly colored tape so the person can see them more easily.
- Put a gate across the stairs if the person has balance problems.
- Remove small throw rugs. Use rugs with nonskid backing instead.
- Make sure cords to electrical outlets are out of the way or tacked to baseboards.
- Clean up spills right away.
- Be careful about small pets. The person with Alzheimer’s may not see the pet and trip over it.
Learn more about home safety and Alzheimer’s disease on our website.