9 Tips To Help the Alzheimer’s Patient Safely Ambulate

9 Tips To Help the Alzheimer’s Patient Safely Ambulate

Ambulation TipsCaregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease are encouraged to keep their loved one as independent as possible but as the disease progresses, ambulation can become both difficult and dangerous.

It’s important to keep your home hazard free, well lit, and as accessible as possible.  Schedule time for exercise to maintain fitness. Wandering can be a problem,. and perceptual-motor problems can affect ambulation.

Here are some tips that can help you adjust to their needs:

  • Try closing off a part of the house if the physical space is too confusing for the person with dementia.
  • Try removing furniture that is no longer being used. Remove objects if too much clutter is present in the environment,
  • Make sure the walking areas are uncluttered and well lit.
  • Provide a safe area for the person to walk. If a person tends to wander, clear a pathway through the house. Place chairs at intervals to allow rest. Remove throw rugs that might cause a person to stumble. Whenever possible, simplify the environment so that the confused person is not overwhelmed.
  • Prompt the person first whenever you plan to move from room to room,. Begin with a comment such as, “We need to get up now.”. Then gently assist the person to get out of the chair or move across the room; don’t just pull or push the person from place to place.
  • Provide suggestions and structure. Don’t ask if a person wants to do something, instead say, “it’s time to…”
  • Try to stick with familiar places when traveling. Ask a companion to travel with you to help with the supervision of your loved one. Keep your vacations simple.
  • Be flexible with time schedules. Leave enough slack for the person to get ready. Allow the person to adjust to any change in schedule. Travel during less busy times of day.
  • Contact ElderCare at Home for a complimentary home safety evaluation at 561-585-0400