If safety measures are in place, an individual living with Alzheimer’s can live in the comfort of his or her own home or a caregiver’s residence. As the disease progresses, the person’s abilities will change. But with some creativity and flexibility, the home can be adapted to support these changes.
With creativity and flexibility, you can create a home that is both safe and supportive of the person's needs for social interaction and meaningful activity.
Alzheimer's disease causes a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect safety. Depending on the stage of the disease, these can include:
Judgment: forgetting how to use household appliances
Sense of time and place: getting lost on one's own street
Behavior: becoming easily confused, suspicious or fearful
Physical ability: having trouble with balance
Senses: experiencing changes in vision, hearing, sensitivity to temperatures or depth perception
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