As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, caregivers will need to provide increased supervision and assistance, and implement extra safety precautions. It is important to understand how dementia impacts safety at home, on the road and during daily activities.
People with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia may not see, smell, touch, hear and/or taste things as they used to. For example, the ability to recognize something as being hot and unsafe to touch is often impaired.
Just because something has not yet occurred does not mean it should not be something to prepare for. Check the safety of your home, whether it is safe to leave the person alone as well as the ability of the person to continue driving safely. Being aware can go a long way to preventing injury.