Home Safety Checklist
Home Safety Checklist
Every year thousands of older adults fall at home and many seriously injured. Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but many times easy to fix. Precedence Home Healthcare checklist that can be used to help find and fix hazards in your home.
Common Hazards That Cause Falls
This list identifies most of the common hazards that could cause falls that may result in serious injuries, particularly among the elderly. Homes comes in all manner of shapes and sizes. If something does not apply to your home, move on to the next question. For example, if you live in a one story house, questions relating to stairs may not apply to you. We suggest you print the home safety checklist and fill it in as you look around your home by entering a check mark against each item.
- Grab bars are on the bathroom walls, near the toilet or along the bathtub or shower
- A slip-resistant rug is next to bathtub or shower
- A mounted or suction liquid soap dispenser is on the bathtub/shower wall
- Non-skid adhesive textured strips are on the bathtub/shower floor
- A sturdy plastic seat (shower chair) placed in the bathtub
- There is a raised toilet seat or a toilet seat with armrests to maintain balance getting on or off the toilet.
- An extra long mirror is over the sink to used when sitting
- Clutter cleared from the floor so that nothing is in the way
- A lamp, flashlight and telephone are within easy reach near the bed
- Nightlights placed along the path from the bedroom to the bath
- A raised mattress is available to get in and out of bed easily
Living Area Safety
- Furniture arranged to create clear paths between rooms
- Low coffee tables, magazine racks, footrests, and plants removed from pathways in rooms used with walkers or crutches.
- Light switches are easily accessible at entrances to rooms
- Glow in the dark switches or sound-activated lamps are available
- Loose rugs secured with double faced tape or slip resistant backing.
- In rooms with wall-to-wall carpeting, carpet is secure and there are no wrinkles or raised areas.
- Electric appliance and telephone cords are out of your way but not put under rugs
- There are no wobbly chairs or tables which can leaned upon
- Rugs secured on concrete, ceramic or marble floors
- There are no loose wood floorboards that need repair
- Furniture is firm, high and has armrests to assist in standing
- A cordless phone is close by so there is no danger of hurrying to reach the phone
- There are no throw rugs
- There is no liquid, grease or food spilled on the floor that needs cleaned up
- Food, dishes and cooking equipment stored at an easy-to-reach, waist high level
- A step stool with a handrail is available to reach upper cabinets
- Non-skid floor waxbeen used on the floor
- A counter-top toaster oven is available to avoid leaning over to or trying to reach an oven
- Stairways are well lit
- Steps have stair treads
- Stairways have a strong handrail, preferably on both sides
- Carpet is not patterned or deep pile
- A brightly colored piece of tape used if there is difficulty seeing the edge of the stairs