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Finding Ways to Make Home Safer for a Senior with Dementia

A senior having been diagnosed with dementia can pose numerous challenges for family and friends. Many of those men and women surrounding these seniors want what’s best for them. It might be a spouse, adult children, siblings, or close friends who live nearby. Shortly after diagnosis, many of these people rally around those seniors and offer a wide range of support, from emotional to physical, rides to appointments and the store, and companionship when they feel isolated and alone.

Senior Home Safety in Aventura FL: Dementia and Safety

Senior Home Safety in Aventura FL: Dementia and Safety

One thing that can easily be overlooked, though, is safety.

A person who has recently been diagnosed with dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s, may still seem completely safe in their own home environment. That may be the case for several years, but eventually increasing challenges are going to impact their ability to move about safely. They may become prone to wandering, getting up in the middle of the night and going to the kitchen to make something to eat, leaving something cooking on the stove and completely forgetting about it, and so on.

As the disease progresses, it will affect memory more directly.

Even though many of these family and friends who are the primary support system understand how memory loss will progress, they still may not be adequately prepared for the consequences. It’s different understanding something on paper and actually experiencing it directly.

The best solution is to rely on home care support.

Experienced home care aides are some of the best assets for those men and women who’ve been diagnosed with some type of dementia. Not only do more experienced caregivers understand the most common safety issues that will begin to affect people with dementia, they also can analyze the house, the bathroom, the kitchen, and other aspects that could potentially pose serious safety risks.

Here are a few quick tips that an experienced home care aide might offer a client diagnosed with dementia.

Tip #1: Consider a door instead of the gate along the stairs.

Trying to keep a senior with dementia from wandering up or down the stairs in the middle of the night is fine, but putting a child safety gate up is a major concern. The senior may attempt to climb over it and stumble and fall.

A full door retrofitted along the top or bottom of the stairs is a far better option and, when installed properly, could be removed at some point in the future, as needed.

Tip #2: Get support.

Nothing is better than an experienced and qualified home care aide. Yes, family and friends are a great asset, but home care improves safety tremendously.

Tip #3: Look into monitors and alerts for wandering.

Motion sensors, door sensors, and even censor floor mats can all indicate a person is up and about, moving around the house, or even going into other rooms anytime of the day or night. This can help prevent wandering and minimize risk for those seniors with dementia.

If you or a family member are in need of  home care to improve senior home safety in Aventura, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care Services
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.

1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.

In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.

Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.

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