| Management Strategies
- When the person you care for leaves the home without you, ensure that they have proper identification with them at all times. This should include their name, address and telephone number, so that if they become disoriented, they may be assisted by those around them.
- Minimize safety risks while bathing by using a handheld showerhead, shower bench, grab bars, and non-skid bath mats. Never leave the person alone in the bath or shower. Certain grooming activities can be done independently, but supervise the use of electrical devices such as hairdryers, razors and curling irons and put them away when they are not in use to avoid chances for electric shock.
- Use childproof latches on kitchen cabinets and any place where cleaning supplies or other chemicals are kept.
- Install secure locks on all outside windows and doors, especially if the person is prone to wandering. If a person can open a lock because it is familiar, install a new deadbolt which is higher up or lower down which they are not familiar with. Remove the locks on bathroom doors to prevent the person from accidentally locking himself or herself in.
- Make sure that on and off are easily marked on all appliances in order to help make positions clear. Stove safety can also be enhanced by having switches installed that prevent its use, or other devices that signal if the burner has been left on.
- Ensure that the medicine cabinet is locked at all times and that they are supervised when taking medication to avoid misuse.
- Look for clues that safe driving is no longer possible, including getting lost in familiar places, driving too fast or too slow, or disregarding traffic signs. If driving has become an unsafe action, disabling the car is an option, or keeping the car keys where they cannot be found. It is important to reassure them that you are available to arrange transportation for them, so they still feel a sense of freedom. If the person you care for is still having difficulty accepting the loss of their driving ability, ask their family doctor to intervene, they might accept the news better from a person in a position of authority.