Name: Safety Awareness in the Home
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.