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7 Low-Cost Home Fixes for When a Loved One Moves In

Ensuring that everyone is comfortable.

These are easy no- or low-cost fixes you can do to keep your loved one actively involved in their daily life and safe at home. Print out the checklist, and be sure get help from others if you need it.

Keep an emergency contact list. The list should have all the numbers you use every day, from pharmacy to family members to emergency numbers. Everyone in the family should get a copy of the contact list and keep it in a place that's easily accessible.

Try using a picture phone. A picture phone prompts one touch dialing with an image of the person or place.

Organize and label everything.Be sure to note where to find everything from milk to socks.Also label equipment or furniture regularly used: light switches, cabinet for glasses, refrigerator, etc.

De-clutter and simplify. Get rid of unnecessary items. Pair the amount of clothing in drawers down to what is regularly worn. In the kitchen get rid of items that aren't regularly used.

Set regular routines. Standing appointments should be made for the same time on the same day. Make a fixed schedule for errands such as grocery shopping or the gym.

Keep digital-audio calendar.You can make notes on the recorder and use it to refresh your memory about tasks that need to be done.

Use visual cues and photographs to trigger their memory. Put a photograph of the room or the contents of an appliance, like a refrigerator, on the door.

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