A Client Is Diagnosed With Cognitive Impairment-alzheimer Disease Stageii List Five Safety Measures You Can Suggest To Use In The Clients Home

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A Client Is Diagnosed With Cognitive Impairment-alzheimer Disease Stageii List Five Safety Measures You Can Suggest To Use In The Clients Home

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Safety in the home is definitely a primary concern for the cognitively-impaired individual. Falls and slips are a big issue, so one of the first things to ch for hazards around the home that might cause falls, including clutter. Look for any jagged edges in the floor, areas of loose or tattered carpeting, or any slippery or uneven surfaces. Throw rugs are commonly considered to be fall traps, so limit the use of such items. Guard rails and hand bars can be helpful, especially in the bathroom, in terms of providing extra stability and support. Lighting throughout the home should also be looked it. Be sure that there is ample light in each room, and consider putting nightlights in the hallways and along any stairs. Access to stairs should also be carefully considered, and perhaps gates should be installed at the top of stairs to prevent possible nighttime tumbles. If wandering is an issue, consider installing locks on doors that are out of reach and sight (such as at the top or the very bottom of the door, rather than right at eye level). It is recommended that a thorough assessment of the house be done room-by-room to ensure all safety risks and concerns have been evaluated.