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Bathroom Safety Checklist for a Senior with Alzheimer’s

Senior Care in Madison FL

Being a family caregiver for an aging adult who is progressing through Alzheimer’s disease poses challenges that caregivers of seniors without this condition may not have to deal with, andSenior-Care-in-Madison-FL handling these effectively is one of the most important things that you can do to help protect their health and quality of life. One of these issues is helping to keep them safe in accordance with their challenges and the particular risks that exist in their home. Elderly adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have physical challenges as well as their cognitive limitations that can make them particularly vulnerable to dangers throughout their home. It is especially important to evaluate and address the dangers of rooms in your loved one’s home that they use frequently or that are where they perform potentially challenging tasks. One such space is their bathroom.

 

Use this checklist to help your aging parent with Alzheimer’s disease stay safer in the bathroom:

  • Remove all sharp implements such as razors, trimmers, and scissors to prevent accidental cuts or punctures
  • Keep cleaning chemicals, particularly those that resemble or smell like fruit juice, out of reach to reduce poisoning risk and chemical burns
  • Consider replacing full-size containers of products such as toothpaste and mouthwash with smaller, travel-sized containers in order to help prevent the risk of poisoning
  • Check the water temperature of the shower or bath carefully before your aging loved one gets in. remember that elderly adults have skin that is thinner and more vulnerable than younger people, but also that those with Alzheimer’s disease are less capable of interpreting changes in temperature or knowing what to do should they encounter dangerous temperatures. This means that your parent could be exposed to extremely hot water and suffer serious burns without realizing it or knowing what to do.

 

If you are concerned about the safety of your elderly parent with Alzheimer’s disease, now may be the ideal time for you to consider home care for them. Starting home care early in the progression of the disease enables your parent to establish a relationship with a care provider as well as a routine that they can rely on as they progress. The in-home senior care services provider can evaluate your loved one’s specific needs and symptoms so that they are able to create a personalized approach to care, support, assistance, and encouragement tailored to their individual needs so that they are able to live the quality of life that they desire and deserve. This also gives you greater peace of mind knowing that even when you are not able to be with your aging parent, that they are safe and in good hands. When it comes to helping your aging parent stay safer in the bathroom, this care provider can give your senior assistance with their tasks to help them to manage risks and avoid the risks that their challenges pose. This can include helping them get in and out of the shower, toilet effectively, and manage their hygiene tasks safely.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Madison, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.