It's easy to be accustomed to what makes our house a home, without realizing an area rug or floor vase may pose a safety hazard for someone we love. This safety list is a checklist of items you may consider as you walk from room to room in your client’s home, helping to see potential hazards. If your in-home safety checklist is for an older residence, you may want to suggest the family consider an inspection, looking for faulty electrical or heating systems, dirty chimneys or roof leaks.
- Is the home well lit and easy-to-navigate?
- Are there extension cords or loose rugs on the floor?
- Are there night lights placed throughout the home?
- Is the home reasonably clean and tidy?
- Are there functional fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke detectors?
- Is there a list of emergency phone numbers easily accessible in all rooms?
- Is there a landline or cell phone within easy reach?
- Is lighting adequate to see potential fall hazards?
- Are there guard rails near the tub, shower, and toilet?
- Is the toilet at the correct height so your client can easily get up and down?
- Is the hot water heater at a comfortable level to prevent accidental burns?
- Are medications stored in an airtight container and in a place where your client can easily and safely reach them?
- Is there enough space to move around the furniture, and is the furniture stable in case your client reaches out for support?
- Are the light switches accessible?
- Is the floor even?
- Are the pathways throughout the home and the countertops as unobstructed as possible?
- Are the floors even, and handrails on the stairs secure?
- Does your client need an eye exam to ensure safety?
- Is there an emergency medical alert system in the home?
- Is the path out of the house to the car clear and free of hazards?
- Is there someone who can shovel snow or remove water outside the home?
- Are the interior and exterior doors (including screen doors) in proper working order?
- Are there any extension cords running underneath rugs, as these are a fall hazard?
- Do the kitchen appliances need to be inspected or replaced?
- Are the outlets in the home grounded?
- Does your client have an escape plan in case of fire?
- If there are stairs in the home, are the top and bottom steps clearly marked to prevent falls?
- Is there a flashlight available in the family room and bedroom?
- Is there a phone accessible from the bed?
- Are door thresholds even?
As you walk throughout the home, keep in mind the four “R's”, reorganize, remodel, rearrange and remove to prevent injury, conserve energy and for general safety. Although the suggestion may not be taken well, your client may need adaptive equipment for safe mobility around their home. Walking aids, such as a cane or walker, will help improve balance and prevent falls.
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