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