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Name:​​ Safety Awareness in the Home




Solution Plan:  ​​​​ 


Individuals that have experienced a​​ Stroke, Traumatic brain Injury or have been diagnosed with Dementia and Alzheimer’s​​ may require added awareness in the home or a facility regarding safety.​​ 

  • Ensure the individual has​​ plenty of space to walk around. Less clutter means less risk of falls.

  • All​​ rugs/carpets​​ need to have​​ anti-slipping pads.

  • Cover furniture corners to prevent injuries​​ as when bumping​​ into them.

  • Ensure all​​ rooms​​ have​​ proper lighting, including walk-in closets. Use nightlight to make it easy to see at night.

  • Use handrails for all staircases.

  • Remove all​​ area​​ carpets from stairs and staircases to prevent slipping.

  • A stair lift can assist if the individual has​​ trouble going up and down the stairs.

  • Examine the individuals bed height, if needed remove box spring or use small step/stationary stairs to assist​​ 

  • Place a light (such as a lamp) close to your bed and make sure you can reach it easily.

  • Have all the items that​​ the individual​​ uses​​ frequently within easy reach in the kitchen, such as lower cabinets and shelves.

  • Install grab bars in​​ the​​ bathroom for safety.

  • Use rubber mats in​​ the​​ shower or bathtub to prevent slipping.

  • Use toilet seats for easier access, and shower seats if​​ having​​ trouble standing while showering.

  • Check your faucets and​​ ensure​​ they are easy to turn on and off.

  • Avoid stepping on wet or damp surfaces – promptly clean up any spills on the floor.

  • Wear anti-slip slippers or socks when walking around the home, especially on slippery surfaces such as polished hardwood floors or tile.

  • Avoid walking on icy or wet surfaces outside​​ the​​ home.​​ 

  • Place deadbolts either high or low on exterior doors to make it difficult for the​​ individual​​ to wander out of the house. Remove locks in bathrooms or bedrooms so the person cannot get locked inside.

  •  Add extra lights to entries, doorways, stairways, areas between rooms, and bathrooms.
    Use night lights in hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms to prevent accidents and reduce disorientation.

  • Place medications in a locked drawer or cabinet. To help ensure that medications are taken safely, use a pill box organizer or keep a daily list and check off each medication as it is taken.

Support the​​ individual’s​​ needs. Try not to create a home that feels too restrictive. The home should encourage independence and social interaction. Clear areas for activities.




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