Although taking steps around the house to help prevent elderly relatives from falling is commonly done, something that is less frequently considered is making a home safe for those with Alzheimer's disease. According to The New York Times, experts recommend exercising precaution to eliminate certain dangers.
"There are a lot of safety issues for people who are not oriented," registered nurse Cathy Castronova told the news source.
"A lot of times they'll come to your attention when they're going home from a hospital stay, and you'll assess the home and say to yourself, 'She's been living alone like this all this time?'"
Castronva provided a long list of possible pitfalls homeowners should elminate. Among the tips are using reflectors to create paths to the bathroom, use lamps that reflect off the ceiling to eliminate shadows and lock doors that lead to places like the basement and the garage.
According to the American Health Assistance Foundation, more than five million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and many experts believe that number could reach 15 million by 2050.