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Electrical Hazards and Safety

Electrical outlets and extension cords can present hazards for serious fire and shock. For example, as you can see in this photo, a regular extension cord is used for the space heater – a very high wattage appliance – which…
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Flooring

People with dementia have special flooring needs. Many develop gait and balance problems and walk with a shuffle. And, as the person loses the ability to housekeep, items strewn in the walkway can be easily tripped over – like canes,…
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Storage

It’s harder for any of us to find items in a cluttered environment, especially if the items are not well marked. So help the person to organize by grouping similar items together – for example, put breakfast foods together. Leave…
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Lighting for Dementia Patients

Although good lighting can improve vision and overall quality of life in the lives of adults with dementia, it’s often overlooked. For example, we may think the person has lost the ability to read, but sometimes it’s poor lighting –…
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Hospital Beds

A hospital bed is useful if the person is recovering from surgery or needs relief from certain health conditions. It’s also vital during the late stages of dementia when your loved one has difficulty walking. Being able to adjust the…
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Clothing & Dressing

As a caregiver, you’ll need to learn creative ways to handle the common clothing and dressing problems experienced by people with dementia. For example, the person may no longer be able to organize and sort clothing and therefore leave piles…
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Sink Area

There are several potential problems using the sink area that you need to be aware of. First, some persons with dementia no longer recognize their own image and become frightened when looking into the mirror, thinking a stranger is in…
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Flooding – Sink / Tub

Some people with dementia forget to turn off the faucets when leaving the bathroom or kitchen. If the drain is plugged or has debris, the sink or tub will overflow. An overflowing sink or tub not only causes emotional distress,…
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