A checklist for safeproofing your home when caring for an individual with dementia

# Clear all passageways.

# Remove unnecessary furniture, knickknacks, clutter and items that may cause confusion.

# Fix loose or uneven steps, and loose or broken handrails.

# Put gates at the top of stairways.

# Install safety latches on cabinets that store dangerous items, such as knives, firearms, medications and cleaning products.

# Place guards around radiators and other heaters.

# Install secure locks that are higher or lower than eye level on outside doors and windows.

# Eliminate poisonous houseplants.

via Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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