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Be Safe at Home and On the Road
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As many as 70 percent of people living in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s today are doing so in their own homes. It is important to re-evaluate home safety measures regularly as the disease progresses.

Pay special attention to garages, work rooms, basements and outside areas. Inside the home, there are simple things you can do to modify your kitchen, living room, bathrooms and bedrooms to make it safer for the person with Alzheimer’s:

  • Invest in installed, working fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.
  • Lock or disguise hazardous areas using child-proof locks and doorknob covers. Remove guns in your home and safely store knives and poisonous chemicals.
  • Minimize clutter and limit access to stairs to reduce risk of falls.

Enroll the person with dementia in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. You may also want to consider locator devices such as those listed on the Alzheimer’s Association web site.

Enrolling in MedicAlert® + Safe Return® and/or Comfort Zone is also a great first step to take before travel. If you are already enrolled in MedicAlert + Safe Return, update your records with temporary contact information (call 1.888.572.8566).

Whether you’re considering a weekend getaway or an extended stay, traveling with an individual who has Alzheimer’s requires additional thought and precaution.

Upon arrival during travel, make sure you do the following:

  • Let the neighbors know a person with Alzheimer’s is staying next door and ask them to keep their eye out for wandering or other unsafe behavior.
  • During the first few days after arrival, keep your schedule light with lots of down time.
  • Carry recent photos and copies of personal identification of the person with dementia in case of emergency.
  • Create opportunities to re-acclimate the person to the new environment.
  • Be aware that the change can be chaotic for the person.
  • Recognize the warning signs of anxiety and agitation.

For safety tips visit the Alzheimer’s Association Safety Center at www.alz.org/safetycenter or call 1.800.272.3900.

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