Home Safety Assessment

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Senior Home Safety Assessment

 

Home Entrance

Is there adequate lighting at entry doors, walkways and driveways?

Are driveways and walkways smooth and level? (free of tripping hazards).

Are shrubs and landscaping trimmed back from walkways to prevent obstruction?

Are steps clearly visible and have non-skid surfaces?

Are handrails installed at steps and steep incline walkways?

Are step treads sturdy, level and in good condition with no broken or crumbling edges ?

Garage (If Applicable), Do steps have railings and is there a clear path to enter the home?

Is mailbox and newspaper box easily accessible?

 

Ramps, Porches, Decks

Ramps (If Applicable), Are ramps at correct slope? 12″ length for every 1″ in rise?

Do ramps, decks, porches have non-skid surfaces and smooth transitions from ramp to landings?

Do ramps have hand rails that continue off of ramp?

Do porches and decks have railings?

Are deck floor boards even with no nails lifted up?

Do doormats  lay flat with no edges lifting up? (trip hazard)

 

Exterior Doors

Are door knobs, latches and locks in good working order?

Do doors operate easily without sticking to door jamb?

Do spring operated doors close slowly?

Glass sliding doors (if applicable), Are decals in place at eye level to prevent walking into glass?

Is there a peephole installed at eye level to view who is at door?

 

Entry Ways and Hallways

Is there a clear pathway to access doors and rooms?

Do throw rugs and carpet runners have a non-skid backing or are fixed in place?

Are light switches in proper working order and are located at each end of of the hallway and entrance to each room?

Do light fixtures provide adequate lighting?

Interior Stairs (If Applicable)

Are stairs free of tripping hazards?

Are stairs well lit with light switches located at the top and bottom of stairs?

Are railings sturdy and continue onto landings?

Are steps slip resistant? (If bare wood)

Is carpet securely attached? (If carpeted steps)

Are the top and bottom steps visibly marked to prevent falling and tripping?

 

Family, Living & Dining Rooms

Is there adequate lighting in each room with a light switch located at the entry to each room?

Are the rooms clear of tripping hazards?

Is carpet secured in place to prevent tripping?

Are wood, vinyl and tile floors slip resistant?

Are carpet runners and protectors secured in place?

Are curtains, shades and blinds easy to operate and are they securely attached?

Is there easy access to a telephone?

Is the thermostat easy to read and reach?

Is furniture sturdy and easy to get in and out of safely?

 

Bathrooms

Is there adequate lighting in the room and over the tub/shower area with a switch at the entry?

Is there a night light installed to prevent tripping at night?

Are grab bars installed at the tub/shower and toilet areas?

Is the room free of tripping hazards and clutter?

Is toilet seat or raised toilet seat secure and is toilet paper easily reachable?

Are area rugs slip resistant and flooring non-skid?

Is there easy access to a telephone?

Do faucets work properly and is there an anti-scald device installed? (If needed)

Is there a non-skid bathmat in tub/shower to prevent slipping and falling?

Is there a tub/shower seat? (If needed)

Is there a hand held shower installed? (If needed)

Are shower doors or shower curtain secure?

 

Bedrooms

Is there a light switch located at the entrance to each room?

Is there a light reachable from the bed?

Is the room free of tripping hazards and clutter? (Including bed coverings)

Is carpet secured in place to prevent tripping?

Are wood floors slip resistant?

Do throw rugs and carpet runners have a non-skid backing or are they fixed in place?

Are curtains, shades, and blinds easy to operate and are they securely attached?

Is there easy access to a telephone?

 

Closets

Do closet doors operate easily and correctly?

Is there a light in the closet that is easily reached?

Are shelves and closet rods for clothes easily reached and organized?

Are closets free of clutter and tripping hazards?

 

Kitchen

Is kitchen free of clutter and tripping hazards?

Are all flammables stored away from range and oven?

Are everyday items stored at a easy to reach level?

Is the flooring not waxed or slippery?

 

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