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5 Reasons Clutter Can Pose Problems for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Tallahassee FL

For somebody with Alzheimer’s, they may be dealing with various signs and symptoms commonly associated with the disease. The most common happens to be memory loss. As the disease Alzheimer’s-Care-in-Tallahassee-FLprogresses, the memory loss will become more significant and there will also be an increase in safety concerns.

Clutter is one of those things that may not be thought much about, especially if the senior has been living with a lot of items cluttering their home for years. Yet, with regard to Alzheimer’s, clutter can actually pose many different challenges for seniors as they age, especially those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Keep in mind that the proper type of Alzheimer’s care is important, even during the earlier stages of the disease. Below are five reasons that clutter can actually be a major concern for somebody diagnosed with dementia.

Reason #1: It can change the layout.

Even though clutter may generally be in its same place every day, it can move or things can be moved around. Any change in the layout can pose a safety risk, especially for a senior who may have balance related issues.

Reason #2: It can cause confusion.

A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is more susceptible to confusion, even in their own home. If the senior wakes up, doesn’t recognize their surroundings, or has difficulty trying to find something, they can get frustrated. That frustration can lead to anxiety and outbursts. That has the potential to lead to safety issues.

Reason #3: It can become a fire hazard.

The more clutter that exists in a home, the greater the fire hazards. It could be boxes, furniture items, newspapers, and a host of other items the senior simply hasn’t been able to let go of through the years.

Reason #4: Tripping.

Clutter can be a tripping hazard for any senior, whether or not they have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. The more clutter that exists in a home, the greater the risk of tripping and falling. If the senior falls, their bones, joints, and other parts of the body are not likely as strong as they were in the past and that increases the risk of serious injuries, including broken bones and sprains.

Reason #5: Getting around.

The most significant safety issue with regard to clutter is a simple act of getting from one place to the other. If a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is trying to navigate his or her way through all of that clutter, it can take them longer to get to their destination.

If they become forgetful, they could become distracted, wander off, and that can be a major problem, especially if they head outside during extreme cold or, as summer is approaching, extreme heat.

The best way to deal with clutter is to go through those items, determine what is important to keep and what can be sold, disposed of, or stored.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.


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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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