There are more than 342,000 Australians living with dementia, and unfortunately, many of them suffer with its most severe form, Alzheimer’s disease.
“It can be your grandparent, your cousin, your sibling or even your parent who faces the diagnosis. Eventually, those with Alzheimer’s require round-the-clock care, and for many families that means taking the loved one into their own home,” according to Redfin.com.
If you plan on caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s in your home, there are various preparations you’ll have to make to do so. These preparations don’t just have to do with your house itself — you’ll also need to prepare yourself emotionally for the endeavour you’re about to undertake.
Watching someone you love deteriorate isn’t easy, but being there for them is both important and noble.
Taking in a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is an incredibly compassionate thing to do. When preparing your home for their arrival, it’s important to create a safe environment that minimizes potential for accidents and injury. Things we take for granted, like walking up and down stairs or going to the bathroom, can be dangerous for someone who is struggling with Alzheimer’s symptoms. Protect their wellbeing by safeguarding your home before their arrival.

Know Alzheimer’s disease symptoms
People struggling with Alzheimer’s disease experience symptoms including:
both short and long term memory loss;
• cognitive troubles and problems concentrating;
• difficulty making decisions;
• forgetting how to complete tasks that necessitate sequential steps (for example, brushing their teeth);
• personality changes;
• confusion regarding time, people, and places.


Caregiving in Your Home
Creating a safe environment for an Alzheimer’s patient can prevent accidents and injuries.
• If your home has stairs, install ramps over the steps.
• It’s important that your loved one has a room for their privacy and comfort. The room should be on the ground floor with direct access to a bathroom.
• To keep them safe, avoid furniture and decorations with sharp edges.
• Avoid dangerous materials like glass.
• To help them navigate, install night lights that lead the way.
• The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms. Make modifications that help them to complete their personal grooming. Showers and tubs need a bench and safety rails.
• Mark all taps with large, colour coded labels so they can’t confuse hot and cold.
• Don't store cleaning supplies in the bathroom.
For more information, check www.dementia.org.au.

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