When a Parent Lives Alone and Has Alzheimer's: It Takes a Village
By Sarah Ford on August 20, 2014
Source: Alzheimer's Disease Research (BrightFocus Foundation)
If you’ve ever tried to convince someone with Alzheimer's or other dementia to move from their home, you know it's difficult. A common question that often arises is, "Would it be safe to have my parent remain in their home, at least for a while?" The answer? It depends.
It depends on:
- The stage of the disease, and
- Safety precautions in the home
Because abilities decrease over time, so does the ability to live alone. This is where knowledge of risks can help us understand when they’ve become too great. What steps can we take to help a loved one stay safely at home for a longer time
Let’s look at each of the above safety issues for ideas.