When there is a fire in the home, decreased ability to walk, problems with eyesight or cognitive decline may severely limit a senior’s ability to react quickly and safely escape during the emergency. According to the U.S Fire Administration, people over the age of 65 are twice as likely to obtain injuries or die in fires as compared to the rest of the population-at-large.
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, has problems walking on their own, or cannot see very well, there are definite precautions that need to be taken in the event that there is a house fire at some point. Using the following tips will help to keep your loved one safe.
If your loved one uses a walking device such as a cane or wheelchair, their normal escape route may no longer be an option for use. So with decreased mobility, you can do the following:
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, you must prepare for a fire emergency ahead of time. Purchase a book that explains emergency procedures and has pictures that show a step-by-step process for escape during a fire. It is also vital to practice escape routes with a loved one who is suffering from a decline in cognitive ability. Memory tends to improve and decline at unpredictable times for people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. When you take the time to practice escape routes, and keep doing so on a consistent basis, it is likely to become an instinct which can help to guide the senior out of the home and into safety.