Home safety checklist

Use this checklist to make sure your loved one’s home doesn’t pose health or safety hazards.

 

General

  • Find someone to check on your loved one daily.
  • Schedule a vision check.
  • Discuss medications with your loved one’s physician to determine effects on balance.
  • Establish a light exercise routine.

 

All Rooms

  • No loose carpeting or rugs without nonslip backing.
  • Traffic areas free of furniture.
  • Electrical cords and other wires taped against walls.
  • Bright lighting with switches and functioning bulbs.
  • Telephones placed at height that can be reached from the floor.

 

Stairs and Inclines

  • Keep free of items.
  • Plenty of room to move at top and bottom.
  • No loose carpeting or edges to catch on.
  • Handrails securely attached and at proper height for user.
  • Proper lighting on all steps, switches at top and bottom of stairs.

 

Bathroom

  • Grab bars near tub, shower, and toilet located and mounted properly.
  • Nonslip surfaces in tub or shower.
  • Night light.
  • Rugs or bathmats with nonslip backing on floor.
  • Shower/tub bench or seat.

 

Bedrooms

  • Bedside table with non-tip lamp and room for eyeglasses.
  • Clear traffic area from bedroom to bathroom.
  • Comfortable, sturdy chair to aid in dressing.

 

Kitchen

  • Items placed where they can be reached without use of stool.
  • Area to sit during food preparation.
  • Flooring free of cracks, splits, or up-turned edges.