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Kitchen and Bedroom Safety for People With Alzheimer's

Kitchen

Changes that may need to be made in the kitchen include:
 
  • Install childproof door latches on storage cabinets and drawers designated for breakable or dangerous items. Lock away all household cleaning products, matches, knives, scissors, blades, small appliances, and valued china.
 
  • If prescription or nonprescription drugs are kept in the kitchen, store them in a locked cabinet.
 
  • Remove scatter rugs and foam pads from the floor.
 
  • Remove knobs from the stove, or install an automatic shut-off switch.
 
  • Do not use or store flammable liquids in the kitchen. Lock them in the garage or in an outside storage unit.
 
  • Keep a night-light in the kitchen.
 
  • Remove or secure the family "junk drawer." A person with Alzheimer's disease may eat small items such as matches, hardware, erasers, plastics, etc.
 
  • Remove artificial fruits and vegetables or food-shaped kitchen magnets, which might appear to be edible.
 
  • Insert a drain trap in the kitchen sink to catch anything that may otherwise become lost or clog the plumbing.
 
  • Consider dismantling the garbage disposal. People with Alzheimer's disease may place objects or their own hands in the disposal.
 

Bedroom

Changes that may need to be made in the bedroom include:
 
  • Use a night-light.
 
  • Use an intercom device (often used for infants) to alert you to any noises indicating falls or a need for help. This also is an effective device for bathrooms.
 
  • Remove scatter rugs.
 
  • Remove portable space heaters. If you use portable fans, be sure that objects cannot be placed in the blades.
 
  • Be cautious when using electric mattress pads, electric blankets, electric sheets, and heating pads, all of which may cause burns. Keep controls out of reach.
 
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