Whether your parent has short-term memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s
disease, having a safe home is critical to preventing a serious injury. It
is your job as a caregiver to adapt the house to support a safe living

When I assess someones home I try to see the home through the eyes of
someone with dementia. I walk the most common pathways and observe the
clients behaviors if possible. It is likely you start to see patterns. If
there have been falls or incidents in the home, this is also a great place
to start.

Here are some trouble areas you need to be aware of:
1. Bathrooms – Cold, sharp corners, medicine, poisons, electricity/water
make the bathroom the most dangerous room in the house. Especially when
you factor in nighttime visits.
Solutions: Bedside commode, urinal jug, padded corners, assistance at
night, night lights along the path and in the bathroom, removal of
electrocution hazards, lock up any digestible or dangerous liquids.

2. Family Room – Many family rooms contain throw rugs, poor lighting,
difficulty transferring from a chair, and clutter that creates a fall risk.
Solution: Tape down or remove throw rugs, use color stickers to large
windows or glass doors, remove poisonous plants, eliminate clutter,
simplify lighting (switch on wall and night lights).

3. Kitchen – Simplifying and making safe materials accessible while
locking up or moving potentially dangerous items.
Solution: Hide sharp knives or utensils, lock up cleaning supplies, store
toaster, blender and disconnect garbage disposal when not using, clean out
refrigerator regularly.

4. Bedroom – Avoid electric blankets and a heating pad. Install
nightlights between bedroom and bathroom. Use of bright tape on floor,
sharp edges and walls to guide and protect.

Of course, this is an abbreviated list, but it is a great place to start.
Once wandering begins, then, of course, you need to install more
precautions and may want to consult with an expert.

David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers
David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers

San Luis Obispo Caregivers was created in memory of my Grandfather, Tracy Gordon Wood II. My mission is to honor him by providing trustworthy, compassionate, and competitively priced caregiving services to seniors in my community. After 25 years in the financial industry and the decision to leave behind a successful 6-year position as the Chief Operating Officer of SESLOC Federal Credit Union, I created San Luis Obispo Home Care. This decision served my desire to make a difference and support the growing needs of seniors in my community. As my business grew and I leaned heavily on my financial background, I realized there was a much more cost-effective way to provide seniors with the care they deserve. This realization led to the creation of San Luis Obispo Caregivers, a referral agency and SLO Senior Placement, a free resource for families looking for independent or assisted living options for seniors. Ultimately, I listen, assess your situation and recommend various options that are available for your family.