Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

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Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

The safety and well-being of our loved ones is of the utmost importance. As we age, simple tasks can get more difficult and even dangerous. To help avoid falls or other safety problems, take a walk around the home and decide what needs to be done to reduce the risk of something unfortunate happening. That’s the last thing we want!

There are several ways to help prevent the dangers that people can experience in their home. Below is a room-by-room safety checklist to ensure the household safety. Take this list and a notebook around each room in the home and decide which tips are crucial to follow.

Kitchen Safety

  • Place commonly used items on lower, easy to reach shelves
  • Have a stool handy for sitting when washing dishes or preparing food
  • Choose kitchen utensils with a good grip on them
  • Get tools to make opening jar and bottles easier
  • Place a fire extinguisher in an easy accessible location
  • Place non-skid mats on the flooring
  • Place padding over sharp corners
  • Make sure a smoke and carbon monoxide detector is installed
  • Grabber tools can help reach items on higher shelves

 

Living Room Safety

  • Arrange furniture where it is out of the way and easy to walk around
  • Make sure rooms are well lit
  • Safely tuck away all electrical cords that could cause a fall
  • Remove all rugs or make sure they are safely secured to the floor
  • Install a phone with large buttons and an easy-to-see screen
  • Place colored strips along where the levels in the flooring changes

Bathroom Safety

  • Install a handheld showerhead for seniors with limited mobility
  • Use a bath bench or shower chair to reduce risk of slipping
  • Place non-skid mats on the floor
  • Install grab bars for extra support
  • Have an elevated toilet seat for seniors that have trouble bending
  • Use non-slip adhesive strips in the bottom of the shower or bathtub

 

Bedroom Safety

  • Have a lamp and flashlight next to the bed for immediate light access
  • Install a bed rail to help with getting out of bed
  • Use bed raisers to lift the bed to a more comfortable and safe height for people that have a difficult time getting in and out of bed
  • Use automatic night lights
  • Keep all pathways clear, especially the pathway to the bathroom
  • Set an alarm for morning and nighttime medication reminders

Hallway and Stairwell Safety

  • Place handrails on each side of the hallway or stairwell
  • Remove all rugs that could possibly cause a fall
  • Make sure all pathways are clear
  • Install plenty of lighting

Following these simple guidelines can potentially save a life. By taking the proper precautions, you and a loved one can potentially enjoy a safer and more independent lifestyle.

 

 

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