Help prevent falls in people with Alzheimer’s

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.

Last Updated on April 28, 2020

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