For those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, safety and comfort are top priorities. Remaining at home through the challenging behavioral changes that occur throughout the stages of Alzheimer’s can be daunting. Suddenly, hazards appear in previously innocuous places: stairways, hallways, bathrooms.
The challenges that typically accompany the disease include progressive memory loss, difficulty with motor skills and expressive language, and assorted other health problems. Safety and mobility also become major concerns in the home as people progress through the stages of the disease. Universal Design that allows for increased access for all ages is becoming a popular option for new homes, but how can families alter their existing homes to accommodate a loved one with Alzheimer’s? This article outlines how one couple transformed the home they love into a safer, more accessible place after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Highlights of adaptations include:
- An open, accessible space to foster familiarity while allowing caregivers plenty of room for access as Alzheimer’s progresses
- An enclosed deck
- An accessible bathroom, including a roll-in shower and fold-down bench
- A display of favorite items and collections
The aging care experts at Regency Home Care of North Atlanta would love to talk with you about how to adapt your home to best meet the needs of your loved one with Alzheimer’s. Starting with a free in-home assessment, we then create an individualized care plan tailored specifically to your loved one’s unique challenges and building upon his or her strengths. Contact us to learn more about our Atlanta home care services.