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Panel for Staying Safe

Posted on February 21, 2013 by kim

Last week, PWC’s very own Jere McIntyre was a panelist for the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The “Panel for Staying Safe” on Feb. 13 was centered on how local organizations can help those with Alzheimer’s age safely in their homes.

 As director of Whole Home and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Jere was eager share his institutional insights and tips for keeping loved ones with Alzheimer’s safe in the home. Some of Jere’s tips include:

 ·         Assess the home and identify areas that could be dangerous for someone with Alzheimer’s, such as the kitchen, bathroom, stairways or basements. If you need help, Whole Home’s Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) are trained to guide you through this process.

·         To prevent wandering, install deadbolts out of sight – either high or low on exterior doors. You can also use signals, such as a bell or home alarm, to alert when someone leaves the home.

·         Place memory-cuing objects, such as photos, paintings and other mementoes within sight to continue refreshing your loved one’s memory.

·         Ensure walkways are well-lit. Entries, doorways, stairways and hallways should have extra lights and auto-on lighting to increase the area’s familiarity and prevent fall-related injuries.

·         Furnish the home simply to improve mobility and lower the risk for accidental falls. It’s also smart to keep recognizable furniture, such as a favorite chair, in clear view to increase familiarity.

For more advice on helping those affected with Alzheimer’s age safely at home, please visit www.wholehome.org or stop by the Whole Home Showroom at 6543 Harrison Ave. in Dent today.

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