Examine the home for potential dangers and remedy any problems:

  • Fire hazards

  • Sharp objects (knives, razors, sewing needles)

  • Poisons, medicines, hazardous household products

  • Loose rugs

  • Cluttered pathways

  • Inadequate lighting

  • Water heater temperature (to avoid burns)


Be sure to provide:

  • Locks to secure the house

  • Door alarms (if your loved one is prone to wandering)

  • An identification bracelet and current photo

  • Paper products rather than glass (if warranted for safety reasons)

  • Supervision of food and alcohol consumption (to ensure proper nutrition)

  • Medication monitoring

  • Fully charged and always accessible cell phone (or other emergency alert system)

  • Emergency plans for a quick, safe exit and designated meeting place outside

  • Emergency phone numbers, in addition to the address, phone number and directions to your loved one’s house (posted in several rooms)

  • Emergency kit (flashlight, extra blankets, bottled water, medications in waterproof bags, portable toilet)

  • Notification to local police department of your caregiving situation so someone will check on you in case of disaster

For more thorough information about home safety, read our section on Making the Home Safe.            



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