Do not leave a person who has advanced dementia alone at home.
Lower the temperature of the hot water tank. Remove or lock up cleaning products and other items that may be poisonous.
Make sure the kitchen is safe.
Remove knobs on the stove when it is not in use.
Lock up sharp objects.
Remove, or store the following in locked areas:
All medicines, including the person's medicines and any over-the-counter drugs and supplements.
All guns. Separate ammunition from the weapons.
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Joseph V. Campellone, MD, Division of Neurology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.