Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

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Injuries and accidents can best be avoided by knowing your risks and implementing safety measures that can prevent an injury or accident.  As YOUR NEEDS change with age it is important for you and your loved one to be prepared.  Below is a home safety checklist that can be used to expose any risky areas in your home. 

  • Remove all throw rugs, frayed carpet, loose cords and clutter from the home.
  • Make sure there is enough walking space between furniture. Keep your walkways clean and clear of clutter.
  • Make sure there is adequate lighting in all rooms of the home.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and make sure they are non-slip when walking indoors and outdoors.
  • Check your feet every day (the top and bottom of your feet)
  • Keep a telephone nearby with emergency numbers so you can dial the police or fire department in case of an emergency.
  • Keep your medications out of reach of children and review your medications often (at least at every Doctor visit)
  • Use safety devices such as a walker, cane, or wheelchair even when in the home.
  • Keep drawers and cabinets closed.
  • Install grab bars in the shower and bathrooms.
  • Remember to move slowly. Try to avoid feeling of impatience and the need to rush.
  • Do not drink fluids at least 2 hours before bedtime to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Use a step stool when reaching for items that are too high.
  • Have your eyes checked annually.
  • Have an Emergency Evacuation plan and register with your county shelter in advance of an emergency.
  • Keep a copy of any advanced directives or Healthcare Surrogate information that you have on your refrigerator or somewhere you can give it to the paramedics in an emergency.
  • Keep a calendar at home with all Important dates and reminders on it.
  • Unplug electrical appliances when you are not using them and buy a home fire extinguisher.
  • Do not smoke in the home if you are using oxygen.
  • Clean up spills right away.
  • Consider some sort of buddy system such a life alert or an emergency call system.
  • Find a friend or neighbor that you give a copy of your house key.