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.

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