Home safety

How to make the home safer for your loved one.

As the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease become more pronounced in your loved one, it's even more important that your home is arranged for maximum safety and simplicity. Take a careful look around for:

  • Things that might be unsafe
  • Anything that could confuse or upset your loved one


  • Put latches on kitchen cupboards where cleaning supplies are kept
  • Keep items like knives, lighters, and matches locked up and out of reach
  • Put an automatic shut-off switch on the stove to help prevent burns or fires


  • Remove locks from bathroom and bedroom doors
  • Put labels on all medicines and keep them locked up
  • Install grab bars near places like the bathtub or toilet where your loved one may need help getting up or down
  • Consider a shower chair to prevent falls
  • Add latches on bathroom cupboards where cleaning supplies are kept


  • If your loved one wanders, putting locks on all windows and outside doors may help. But make a plan for fire safety first
  • Make sure lighting is good both in and around the house
  • Keep the house free from clutter
  • Put away small, slippery rugs, and objects that might cause a fall
  • Be sure all dangerous objects are securely locked up and out of the way

Cabinet locks, oven knob covers, and other devices that can make your house safer for your loved one can usually be found at stores that sell baby and infant supplies.


ARICEPT® (donepezil HCl) is a prescription medicine to treat mild, moderate, and severe Alzheimer's disease.


Before starting on ARICEPT 23 mg/day, patients should be on ARICEPT 10 mg/day for at least 3 months. The starting dose of ARICEPT is 5 mg/day and can be increased to 10 mg/day after 4‑6 weeks. Please take ARICEPT as prescribed by the doctor.


  • ARICEPT (donepezil HCl) is not for everyone, including people who are allergic to any ingredients in ARICEPT or to medicines that contain piperidines.

  • Tell the doctor that the patient takes ARICEPT before they have any procedure that may require anesthesia, including dental and medical procedures or surgery.

  • ARICEPT may cause slow heartbeat and fainting. This happens more often in people with heart problems. Call the doctor right away if the patient faints while taking ARICEPT. People may also have seizures while taking ARICEPT. They may also have difficulty passing urine. Lung problems, including asthma, may worsen with the use of ARICEPT.

  • In a study, more side effects were seen with ARICEPT 23 mg than with ARICEPT 10 mg. Many more people taking ARICEPT 23 mg experienced nausea and vomiting than those taking ARICEPT 10 mg. These side effects may get better after the patient takes ARICEPT for a while.

  • People at risk for stomach ulcers or who take certain other medicines, such as aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), should tell their doctor because serious stomach problems, such as bleeding, may get worse.

  • Other side effects that were seen more often with ARICEPT 23 mg were stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, and weight loss. People of lower weight (less than 121 lbs) may have increased nausea, vomiting, and weight loss when taking ARICEPT 23 mg.

  • Other side effects of ARICEPT may include diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, vomiting, or muscle cramps. Some people may feel tired or may have loss of appetite.

  • Tell the doctor if your loved one takes nonprescription or prescription medicines, including those used to treat Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease; anticholinergic medicines, such as allergy or cold medicine; medicines to treat bladder or bowel spasms; or certain asthma medicines.