Safety tips for the holidays
Ensuring people with dementia can continue to live safely at home is a key priority for the Alzheimer Society. The home’s many traces of the past can help preserve a sense of self. And holiday rituals like decorating a Christmas tree or lighting a menorah make this connection even more important as people reminisce of seasons past.
But a home can also be dangerous for older people, especially for those with dementia. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help during the holiday season as the weather gets colder, the days shorter and the house decorated.
During the winter, it may get colder in the house. But people with dementia struggle to know if they are warm or cold. To help with issues that arise with the colder weather:
Holiday decorations can also present a hazard to people with dementia. When making your house festive, keep in mind that:
People with dementia will feel increased anxiety, confusion, and even sleepiness due to the decreased sunlight in the winter months. To manage these issues:
3 of 5 people with dementia will go missing at some point. Finding Your Way™ is a program designed to keep people with dementia from going missing and having a plan in place if they do. To access many materials about wandering, visit www.findingyourwayontario.ca.Download a printer-friendly version of this tipsheet (pdf 0.5 mb).