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Could a Senior with Alzheimer’s Accidentally Poison Himself?

The moment new parents bring home their infant they probably have a lot of worries. They may look around the house and see nothing but hazards everywhere they turn. As that child begins to crawl and then walk, he or she is going to be getting into a lot of different places, including the cabinets under the sink and in drawers. In some of those areas could be chemicals and cleaning solutions that are potentially devastating to a young individual.

Alzheimer's Care in Wind Gap PA: Poisoning Risks

Alzheimer’s Care in Wind Gap PA: Poisoning Risks

When somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, there are certain risks to consider. As March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, it’s important to realize the potential safety issues that arise when somebody has been diagnosed with this or another form of dementia.

Could they mistake certain chemical solutions with beverages?

As a person deals with memory loss and other mental challenges as the disease progresses, is it possible they could mistake a bottle of bleach, for example, for milk? You might not think of this from a normal, healthy, younger adult perspective. You need to consider it from the perspective of significant memory loss and other mental challenges.

If a person is confused about where they are, can’t really identify a certain item, then the risk of accidentally poisoning themselves increases.

They may not be able to read labels correctly.

A person with Alzheimer’s may have difficulty keeping track of various types of information. They might not be able to read various labels like they used to. They may have certain prescription medications to take and since a family member or friend is not legally allowed to administer them, they may get confused, especially if their medication is stored in the bathroom along with other chemicals and solutions.

Taking the wrong medicine with another type of medication can prove to be extremely dangerous.

They need proper support and care.

This elderly individual is going to need experienced care and support. Relying on a home care aide who was hired through an agency is one of the best options at not just offering the best support, but also in keeping these elderly individuals safe.

This month, it’s a good idea for family members and friends to consider the risk of poison related issues when somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Being proactive in this regard is far more beneficial to not just the senior but his or her family members than overlooking something potentially harmful.


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Vicki & Brian Day

Home Helpers of Northern Lehigh Valley is locally owned and operated by Vicki Crow and Brian Day. We have experience and knowledge of issues that seniors and their families face every day. Prior to owning Home Helpers, we had over 40 combined years of sales and business experience. We experienced firsthand the value of professional in-home care and our ownership of Home Helpers is our way of providing senior care services to families in the Northern Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. We provide the same level of care and attention to detail that we would expect for our own family. We chose to get involved with non-medical home care based on personal experiences that both myself and my husband experienced with our grandparents.My grandmother lived alone and my father lived over 500 miles away, when she suffered a stroke she needed extra help around the house.My father and his brother were able to find a care giver that would come in and help around the house, provided companionship and above all else a safety net for my father and my uncle to know someone was checking in on Grandma.When Grandma suffered a second stroke, the caregiver found her and got her the help she needed. We know there are a lot of families like ours that need that peace of mind of knowing someone is helping a loved one when they can't be there.

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