Elder Guru, in partnership with Wise Age Books, has made a new book available to assist caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia. Knowing the challenges caregivers face when providing care in their home, and caregivers’ desires to keep their loved one safely at home for as long as possible, and seeing little information available to assist those caregivers with mindful and easy home modifications, we have published Staying Home: A Caregiver’s Guide to Making Your Home Alzheimer’s Safe.

web_coverThis easy-to-read book is for families and caregivers who provide in-home care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. There are many things to consider when caring for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and home safety is one of them. Staying Home offers easy, low-cost suggestions for improving home safety and the comfort of individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Following these suggestions may help the person stay independent longer or continue to live with their spouse or other loved one, enhancing their quality of life.

This book providers practical tips that include making simple but effective modifications to a home and its surroundings. In Staying Home, readers will find:

  • Information on the importance of the caregiver’s role and how to best prepare for the journey.
  • General safety guidelines that apply to an entire house that can help avert injury, confusion, and fear.
  • Recommendations for areas that should be kept off-limits (such as workshops and rooms with toxic cleaners).
  • Simple room-by-room modifications and considerations that can reduce caregiver stress and a loved one’s confusion and anxiety.
  • An overview on securing a home’s exterior so that a loved one can safely enjoy the outdoors.
  • Detailed checklists to assist caregivers in a step-by-step fashion.

This book will better help caregivers understand their loved one’s condition while ensuring home safety. Once certain changes are made, a home can more safely accommodate a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Managing Alzheimer’s is not easy for anyone—for the individual, the caregiver, and even for professionals. Having a safe and happy home environment will help.

Buy the book on Amazon by clicking here.


Older Americans Act Signed Into Law (Again)

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President Obama recently reauthorized the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016. The act re-signs into law and updates the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA). The new OAA is valid for three years. The goal of the act is to help seniors live as independently as possible in their communities. The OAA funds essential […]

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New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Tomorrow

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New Alzheimer’s Data: 2016 Alzheimer’s Facts And Figures Released

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Oral Health And Stroke Prevention Go Together

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Medicare and Social Security: Resources To Know

March 25, 2016

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Book Review – Caregiver Stress: Neurobiology to the Rescue

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