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Interactive Home Safety Guide

What are the most unsafe areas of the home for seniors?


Home Safety Checklist

Use this checklist, from Home Instead Senior Care®, to help determine if a senior’s home is safe from hazards that could jeopardize well-being and independence.

Some of the most common recommendations include installing assistive equipment in the bathroom and handrails on stairs, removing clutter and tripping hazards, and improving lighting.

Safety Starts at Home (U.S.)

100% of ER physicians say it is very important that families of seniors invest in basic home safety modifications.

100% of ER physicians say it is very important that adult children perform a safety check of their ageing parents’ homes once each year.

Safety Starts at Home (Canada)

40% of trips to the hospital and ER are caused by falls and other accidents at the home. 53% of home accidents experienced by seniors could be prevented.

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  • Recent research conducted by Home Instead, Inc.,franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides a compelling look at senior home safety. The survey of ER doctors, seniors and adult children reveals that home isn’t always the safe haven that seniors and their loved ones dream about.

    And adult children, their aging parents and emergency room doctors don’t always see things the same way. For one thing, 100% of ER doctors in the U.S. and Canada say it’s very important for adult children to take one day each year to perform a safety check of their aging parents’ homes. But in the last year, only 44% (41% in Canada) have done this.

    Here you’ll find helpful resources to identify hazardous areas in your senior loved one's home, ways to fix them and ways to prevent accidents from happening.

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