Home Safety Checklist
AbleMart wants to help your aging loved one live at home independently and safely. In order for this to happen, many things need to be considered and potential home modifications made. For a senior adult, normal household items can be a safety hazard. We put together a home safety checklist to help you know the risks as well as find solutions to make your loved one’s stay at home a positive experience.
Living Room/General Safety Checklist
Is there too much clutter and not enough space to move around furniture?This may be a good time to downsize and eliminate bigger pieces of furniture or add more shelving.
Is furniture unstable?Sit in chairs to see if arms or legs are wobbly. Try gluing legs or arm rests or seek furniture repair service. If the chair is too low, add a cushion or pillow on the seat.
Can the senior safely get in and out of chairs?Make sure the chair is sturdy and the proper height with arm rests for added support. AbleMart carries an Assist-A-Tray that can be adjusted to any chair or couch and provides assistance with sitting and standing.
Is there adequate lighting?Increase wattage to allowable limits in lamps and lights. Add additional lamps or contact an electrician about installing overhead lights.
Can the senior reach the light switch to turn it off and on?Rearrange furniture or install remote control or “clapper” options.
Do throw rugs pose a tripping hazard?Remove throw rugs or use double-sided tape or rug pad to secure it to the floor.
Is the floor uneven or carpet torn?Consult a contractor if needed to fix floors. For small carpet tears, a little glue or carpet staples can fix the problem.
Is the room temperature too hot or too cold?Install lock-in switches on thermostats to control the temperature and help prevent furnace fires.
Does glare from windows make it difficult to see?Check out heat-control window film, thermal curtains or solar shades.
Do steps have proper handrails?Stabilize unsteady railings. If railings are missing, install at least one and preferably two by any steps.
Bedroom Safety Checklist
Does the senior have access to a telephone or cell phone, especially at night?Consider a cordless phone that can stay on a nightstand. If necessary, an emergency or medical alert system can be used.
Is the bed too high or too low?If the senior’s knees are above the hips when sitting on the bed, it’s too low. Bed risers can be used under the bed to help. If the senior’s legs do not touch the floor when sitting on the edge of the bed, then the bed is too high. The bed frame can be removed or a lower profile mattress or box springs can be used.
Do tangled electrical cords obstruct pathways?Use extension cords to run electrical cords behind furnishings. Rearrange furniture that must be plugged into areas near an outlet. Consider a power strip where several cords can be plugged into one place.
Bathroom Safety Checklist
Are grab bars available near the tub, shower and toilet?AbleMart carries several grab bars that can be used for assistance in the bathroom.
Is the bathroom floor or bottom of tub slippery?Add bath mats to the floor and a rubber mat or adhesive non-stick decals can be used in the tub for better traction.
Is the bathtub too high?Add a tub transfer bench.
Is the toilet the correct height?Add an elevated toilet seat for stools that are too low. Contact a plumber about installing a lower profile stool if the toilet is too high.
Are medications stored properly – not too high or too low for the senior to reach?Consider storing pills in a medication organizer that can be set on a countertop or shelf, making it easier to access.
Kitchen Safety Checklist
Are cabinets too high or too low?Move items to shelves closest to the counter where they are easiest to reach. Install hooks in the walls for pots and pans frequently used.
Is there clutter on countertops or throughout the kitchen?Using a “Lazy Susan” can help organize items on a countertop. Organize items not used frequently in cabinets or shelves.
Are dangerous chemicals and cleaning materials secure?Household kitchen cleaning and other supplies can pose a danger to older adults, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Consider storing these up high or in locked cabinets.
Is there spoiled food in the refrigerator?You’ll want to eliminate the dangers of eating outdated or spoiled food. If an older adult is unable to do so, help him or her go through the fridge weekly to look at dates on food items like meat, eggs and milk. Toss anything unsafe.
Is the senior at risk of harm from a sharp utensil? Remove any utensils you feel are dangerous from the kitchen. Consider some ergonomic kitchen tools to make cutting and chopping easier and safer.
Home Safety Aids from AbleMart
We hope these questions will help you assess the home of your senior loved one and eliminate unnecessary risks or health hazards. Some things are easy fixes while others may require actual remodeling work.
At AbleMart, we sell numerous home safety aids to help your loved one live independently. Please Browse Our Site to see all we have to offer. If you have additional questions, feel free to give us a call at 844-346-2253 or you can Contact Us.