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Home Safety Checklist

We are all faced with the prospect of either caring for our aging parents or being the aged parent. Older adults often times want to maintain their independence but it can be a struggle to balance their safety with their desire to be independent. One must recognize that risks for injury in the home are very real and can have very serious consequences. By reviewing the following checklist and making any necessary changes, you can help to ensure safety in the home.

General precautions:

  • Develop an exit plan to utilize in case of an emergency. Include a place to meet if you and your family get separated.
  • Notify local police if a member of your family is memory impaired or has dementia
  • Keep flashlights throughout your home and readily available. Check batteries frequently.
  • Consider how you would call for help in the event of a fall (monitoring system, cell phone, etc.)

For General Safety:

  • Check electrical cords for frays and cracks regularly
  • Use properly rated extension cords
  • Make sure you can view visitors prior to opening the door
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing when working around any flame source

Falls Prevention:

  • Ensure adequate lighting throughout the house
  • Reduce clutter
  • Remove furniture that is hazardous
  • Ensure cords are out of the way and do not pose a tripping hazard
  • Make sure you can turn the light on in a room without having to walk across the dark room
  • Use care on non-carpeted floors; remove all non-skid resistant rugs/runners

In the Bathroom:

  • Use care on non-carpeted floors; remove all non-skid resistant rugs/runners
  • Make sure railings are available in bathrooms and at stairs/steps
  • Avoid the risk of water burns by ensuring the water temperature is less than 120 degrees

Telephone area:

  • Post emergency numbers and other necessary contact information
  • Use a phone with large number pads
  • Program speed-dial keys with important numbers

Resources:
http://www.seniormag.com/caregiverresources/healthtips/homesafety.htm

Last Updated: 8/14/2013