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How can I tell if my loved one with dementia is safe at home?

Dr. Aruna V. Josyula, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

To know if your loved one with dementia is safe at home, ask questions about judgment. For example, “If there were a fire in the house, do you know what to do?” “If you fell down, do you know what to do?” The responses should be “I’d leave the house,” and “I’d call 911.” If not, this might be a situation where the person might not be safe alone at home any longer. Life Alert or similar services can help. In advanced stages, someone left at home alone can wander. Moving door locks out of reach or setting an alarm that goes off when the door opens and closes can help monitor your loved one's safety.

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