Because activities of daily living — including eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, and using the toilet — can become more difficult for people with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to modify the environment to make it as easy as possible for the person with Alzheimer’s disease to live and function.
A careful evaluation of the home, especially the physical layout and the services that will be available to the person for support, is essential. Things that should be evaluated include safe use of the stove or oven, and bathroom/bathtub or shower use. A full home safety evaluation can be performed by therapists and social service workers who are professionally trained to look for potential hazards.
Research suggests that even mild Alzheimer’s disease is associated with an increased risk of accidents. It is important to check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to learn the procedure for evaluating the patient’s driving ability. Many areas will perform a thorough “driver safety evaluation” to determine whether it is safe for the person to continue driving. If there is any impairment noted in visual or spatial abilities or judgment, the person with Alzheimer’s disease should not be driving.
By maintaining a high quality of life and a positive attitude, your diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease will be more manageable.
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