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Home Safety
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Throughout The Home

  • Make sure you adequately assess the individuals needs in providing the safest precautions in the home.
  • Are electrical cords and extensions properly plugged in and safely out of the walking areas? Are the extension cords over loaded?
  • Are there smoke detectors in the rooms and loaded with fresh batteries? Have you discussed safety routes for escape in case of fire?
  • Is the home well lit inside and out?
  • Are there night lights in the hallways, stairwells, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens?
  • Is there a gas sniffer installed to prevent problems with inhalation?
  • Is it necessary to install ramps at doors and stairs if needed?
  • Are there door knobs with lever style handles for easier handling?
  • Are electric heaters placed away from curtains, rugs and furnishings?
  • Are fireplace chimneys clear of accumulation and checked yearly?
  • Are there light switches at the top and the bottom of the stairs?
  • Are the light switches located near the entrances to each room or area?
  • Are the stairwells well lit and free of clutter and objects?
  • Are stairways marked for visibility with a contrasting tape?
  • Are the steps uniform in size and height?
  • Are the stair handrails sturdy?
  • Are linoleum, tiles, carpeting, stair treads and area rugs all secure?
  • Are the carpeted areas free of holes and snags? Are they securely fastened around the edges?
  • Are water temperatures reduced to prevent scalding?
  • Are there rope ladders available on the upper floor levels?
  • Is the furnace checked yearly?
  • Does room furniture placement permit easy access to doors and windows? Are the rooms free of clutter?
  • Do all doors, drawers and windows open and close with ease?
  • Are the windows and door locks working properly for ease in operation.
  • Is there a first aid kit which contains up-to-date supplies?
  • Do the utilities have a notification program whereby if an elderly person fails to pay their bill on time, someone is notifed to prevent the cut off of the service?
  • Are stairs and steps painted with a non skid paint?
  • Is it possible to confine the living area or adapt it to a single floor?
  • Is it necessary to remove entrance floor thresholds for accessibility for wheelchairs and to lessen the opportunity for falling?
  • You may choose to use portable phones that can be carried from room to room rather than having many extensions. Make sure the batteries are operating properly and are fresh.
  • Make sure to provide adequate heating with extra portable heaters in the winter and fans or airconditioning in the hotter months.
  • Check the insulation and repair if necessary for the winter.
  • Install lever handles on all doors and faucets.
  • Check to make sure all bookshelves are stable so that they do not topple.
  • Keep an extra key in case you are locked out of the home.
  • If there is any doubt of your loved one's capabilities while living alone, sign up with an alarm notification service for a necklace that they can wear to notify the police.

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