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Home Modification

August 10, 2010

Home Modification Tips
If you decide to have your Alzheimer’s-afflicted loved one continue to live at home, it is important to consider certain safety modifications. Adaptations such as those in the following list can ease the burden on the caregiver and increase the independence, safety and dignity of the person with dementia.

Since each person with Alzheimer’s is different – both in the stage of disease and its manifestations – not all of the modifications suggested will apply in your situation. Use this list as a guide and adapt the suggestions accordingly. Some of these changes can be done by the homeowner, whereas others may need to be done by a handyman or contractor, which may involve a significant investment in some cases. Weigh such decisions against the risks involved, and look for low-cost alternative solutions as much as possible.

General Safety

Fire Safety

Preventing Falls/Improving Mobility

Improving Activities of Daily Living

Managing Wandering

Managing Rummaging

John Zeisel and Patricia Baldwin. Housing Options for People with Dementia, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Ottawa, Canada. (Chapter 5 pp 27-49)
Nina M. Silverstein and Joan Hyde “The importance of a Consumer Perspective in Home Adaptation of Alzheimer’s Households” (Chapter 6 pp 91-112) in Susan Lanspery and Joan Hyde (eds) Staying Put: Adapting the Places Instead of the People, Baywood Publishing Company, Amityville, NY.

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