#16 Alzheimer’s Disease — Tips to Get You Through The Night
Alzheimer’s disease can plunge both victim and caregiver into a sea of darkness. This week on Parents Are Hard To Raise, Diane shares some tips to get you through the night… Plus this week’s survival tip will make your toes curl.
Alzheimer’s sufferers tend to avoid walking on dull black surfaces. You can use to help prevent wandering. Place non-skid black colored mats at doorways or paint outside deck, porch or stoop with flat black paint. If you hate painting like I do, Anti-skid stair treads can be a great alternative. Use them to cover up a small area outside doorway or stairs where you don’t want the person to wander.
You can also use specialized locks on cabinets doors and windows to keep them secure. The Door Guardian Door Reinforcement Lock is great for standard entry doors. for sliding patio doors, I personally love Cardinal Gates Patio Door lock I use them in my own home to prevent break-ins.
Use fall management slippers instead of shoes— some people with dementia will wander when wearing shoes but not in slippers.
It can also be helpful to label doors with specialized stop signs that can be stretched across open doors at eye-level.
To prevent accidental scalding, set hot water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 C)
It’s also helpful to use this neat little gadgeton your faucets that use LED lights that change colors with water temperature.
Here’s the Shower SeatI recommend to my clients. It’s comfortable, stable, easy to keep clean and a great help to the caregiver when bathing a person with dementia. And since people with dementia can be frightened by water hitting them in the face, I also recommend a handheld showerhead.