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The Complete Guide to Alzheimer's Proofing Your Home

Mark L. Warner

196 pages
Purdue University Press

Alzheimer’s is a particularly difficult disease to deal with because of its many phases, and the hardships it imposes on patients and the patients’ caregivers. Doctors can prescribe medication. Therapists can help caregivers handle the stress. However, neither doctors nor therapists have the knowledge to aid in the one area in which most chronically ill patients wish to stay – their home.

Written by a practicing architect and gerontologist, The Complete Guide to Alzheimer's-Proofing Your Home shows you how to create a home environment that will help you cope with the many difficulties associated with Alzheimer's. This unique book is divided into two sections to provide the most thorough coverage available. Section One deals with interior and exterior spaces individually, providing key information on how to ensure that the Alzheimer's patient will be safe and secure. Section Two gives a detailed list of potential problems related to Alzheimer's and practical information on how to cope with those problems in the home setting.

Topics covered include planning for a caregiver future, minimizing accidents and injuries, grab bar basics, access denial issues, doors to lock and not to lock, the Alzheimer’s Association safe return program, activities of daily living, and communication difficulties. The book includes a home safety checklist, a glossary of terms, and an invaluable listing of products that you will need to use in Alzheimer’s-proofing your home. This must-read compendium is a home guide, reference, and catalog. It will give you the knowledge and advice to make a better and more pleasant environment for your loved one and provide the quality of health care to keep your loved one in a place surrounded by family and familiarity.