How to prepare a home for an Alzheimer's sufferer

Posted at 4:39 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 18:39:34-04

If there's one positive thing you can say about Alzheimer's Disease, it's that it moves slowly enough for caregivers to come up with a plan.

And the Incredible Age Expo April 1 is a great place to start.

The Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association, MacKenzie Rodgers, says it's a great place to stop misconceptions.

"A lot of people don't realize how a person's mobility can be changed by Alzheimer's."But at NORCO, home modification expert James Buffalin says he sees it all the time.

"What we do is go to homes and evaluate what they need to keep them there as long as possible."  Norco has things like powered toilet seats, easy access showers, and stairlifts.  All of which do cost thousands of dollars each.

"It is a bit of a sticker shock," says Buffalin, "but the reality is look at the cost of assisted living, any of these things keeps you home, you're way ahead.."

But some things cost nothing but effort like reducing clutter.
Examine everything on the ground and remove anything that can trip including rugs.
And consider an ID tag because 70 percent of Alzheimer's patients wander, or get lost.

"The safe return ID bracelet with GPS tracking in it."
The idea is to think of things before accidents happen.

Don't forget, the Incredible Age Expo is coming up April 1 at Expo Idaho.
Admission is free.