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Memory Loss

Creating a safe environment for someone with memory loss

It's important to create a safe environment for someone with memory loss. Work with your doctor to make a safety plan.

Here are some tips to help you.

  • Put all poisons and medicines in a locked or safe place.
  • Use a medicine box with a separate compartment or section for each day of the week.

    This will help the person remember when to take their medicines.

  • Review all medicines and dosages with a doctor or pharmacist.

    Many medicines can cause confusion.

  • Put bells or safety locks on doors.
  • Provide an identification bracelet for a person who might wander outside and become lost.
  • Try to prevent falls.

    Remove cords and other items that can be tripped over. Remove or tack down rugs. Install and use handrails and grab bars.

Caring for someone who has memory loss

Caring for someone who has dementia or who has a decline in memory, problem-solving ability, learning ability, or judgment is hard. Use these tips to help with their health and safety.

  • Give the person short instructions when teaching a new task.
  • Break tasks down into simple steps.
  • Give the person written instructions, if you think it helps.

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