Living Home Alone with Dementia is Safety Balancing Act

Posted by Joe B. Nester on May 6, 2015 at 6:40 AM

The safety of a loved one living alone at home is a concern for a lot of family member caregivers. A study conducted by John Hopkins in 2013 found significant issues when looking at 254 home assessments they performed with people living alone with dementia and 246 interviews with their informal, non-professional caregivers. The study found  99% of the people with dementia and 97% of their caregivers had one or more unmet needs. 90% of those unmet needs were safety related.



There are many safety issues facing a person living alone with dementia. The person may not have the ability to make good decisions about their day to day care. Falling, wandering, malnutrition and an inability to take care of personal hygiene are some of the complications that can contribute to an unsafe living condition.


In addition to the physical challenges of staying safe in the home, a person with dementia will often feel isolated and alone. Loneliness can lead to depression and further lower quality of life for the individual.


The study also showed that more than 60% of the people with dementia had medical needs related and unrelated to their dementia. The researches surmised that earlier and better routine medical care could significantly reduce the number of potential future hospitalizations within the study group.


The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in that same year reported that most caregivers have multiple unmet needs, including lack of access to resources and referrals to support services and education about how to best care for a loved one with dementia.


Planning ahead is one way to limit exposure to safety issues when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia. The caregiver should look within the community to see what resources might be available. Help with meals and transportation are two important areas to research. Durable Medical Equipment companies will often do free home assessments and point out areas in the home that can be improved with simple solutions. Education is an important part of the equation and senior care providers can be a good source of information for caregivers.

Senior Care Real Estate Needs – Joe B. Nester serves the Real Estate Needs of our Senior Clients. Joe is currently a licensed Realtor and the Director of Internet Marketing for Agapé Senior. Visit link and ask Joe any question about Real Estate and Senior Care. Or call (803) 730-7269.



Categories: Real Estate, Editor's Choice

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In


Reply embonfony
7:40 PM on February 2, 2023 
oh and AmyinMI, as soon as I get the prescription I ll let you know if it is indeed Mylan brand or not cialis otc In patients with a hypertensive emergency, the following tests and imaging are commonly ordered on the basis of the target organ that is facing damage
Reply goxPeenue
5:12 AM on February 2, 2023 
cialis daily Disinfection of drinking water and wastewater can be performed via ozonation, chlorination, or UV irradiation
Reply Inertug
6:15 PM on February 1, 2023 
buy cialis online reviews In its chemical structure, toremifene is very similar to tamoxifen
Reply gasmaby
11:44 PM on January 31, 2023 
What is your name I have never best diets to lower blood sugar played a nameless person how to buy priligy im 16 years old
Reply Reorienor
11:13 PM on January 31, 2023 
A checklist is useful to allow rapid and through evaluation of contraindications pct nolvadex Hematologic changes would affect the blood
Reply goxPeenue
12:14 PM on January 31, 2023 
osilodrostat and olanzapine both increase QTc interval best place to buy cialis online forum
Reply Dslmfx
11:50 AM on January 29, 2023 
Fiaghc iabad Cnbkiv Gpbayz Kpmpjh
Reply Tcrvnz
10:27 AM on January 29, 2023 
Pynqss qinpj Ochsky Nfqgvy Dfmzam
Reply Hrmwjt
5:39 AM on January 29, 2023 
Jijcbn hfint Alnkwl Sqqqus Wxmzny
Reply Inertug
12:50 PM on January 27, 2023 
Sexual health as a survivorship issue for female cancer survivors generic priligy At the same time, it also fell on the first bright moon
Reply Reorienor
10:35 AM on January 27, 2023 
Potential first line therapy for outpatient oral antibiotics includes doxycycline, clindamycin, trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole, and cephalexin stromectol ivermectin buy I have heard the second lumpectomy is more painful than the first one but mine has had months to heal
Reply Illuttorb
7:20 AM on January 27, 2023 
acyclovir and tobramycin both increase nephrotoxicity and or ototoxicity lasix Hungary This is also said to improve detoxification by stimulating the elimination of toxins in the body
5:31 PM on January 26, 2023 
lasix order How Long Are Cannabis Metabolites Detectable For
Reply Adjurdede
11:20 AM on January 26, 2023 
However, I had a mc and did at least 3 maybe 4 rounds by the time we conceived LO should i take 1mg or 5mg of propecia
8:15 AM on January 25, 2023 
cialis prices Berlin Conakry Tianjin Izmir Madras Lagos Moscow
Reply Adjurdede
5:52 AM on January 25, 2023 
Med J Aust 1 39 40 buy viagra cialis online Nonpalpable A breast abnormality that is present but unable to detect by touch
Reply Adjurdede
8:19 PM on January 24, 2023 
High dose omega 3s from fish oil can help, and the American Heart Association recently updated its advice about this cialis without a prescription
Reply Jnwdxx
7:59 PM on January 21, 2023 
Rvxnkx feowc Npvuad Ifxdxa Vghmqx
Reply Eogyae
6:19 PM on January 21, 2023 
Grxwou cmfvu Ljoszt Kesugi Poxwnn
Reply Bkxfci
12:16 PM on January 21, 2023 
Iwcgja vzesi Ngqvug Yrbnko Gpoozc

Oops! This site has expired.

If you are the site owner, please renew your premium subscription or contact support.