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Home Safety Checklist

Safety-Checklist

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April 21, 2014

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. This checklist explores nine areas rooms of the home, including the bedroom, bathroom, living room, hallway, kitchen, laundry room/basement, garage and front yard.

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This home safety check is being provided solely for the purpose of raising the recipient’s awareness of any potential home safety issues. It is not intended to address every potential home safety issue present in the recipient’s home before, during or after this home safety check’s administration. Neither the findings of, nor any of the suggestions from, this home safety check are intended to be construed as, and should not be construed as being, health care or safety related advice or instruction. Recipients of this home safety check should always consult with their medical or other health care professionals for any medical diagnosis and treatment, as well as a qualified home inspector or home repair contractor for any recommended and necessary home repairs and safety updates.

Home Instead, Inc. and the members of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise and master franchise network expressly disclaim any liability with respect to the findings or suggestions of any home safety check, the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided or omitted from any home safety check’s findings or suggestions, and any accidents, property damages and injuries that occur in the home before, while or after the home safety check is conducted.

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  1. October 2, 2014 at 11:58 pm | Posted by Belinda

    Hi I'm a live-in Caregiver n I need to ask if anyone knows where I can get some volunteers to help my client with home improvements for the outside backyard fence? It's ready to fall down.

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  2. June 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Posted by Barbara Hanson

    Many people are unaware that their long-term care insurance policies will often cover home modifications and adaptive equipment. It is either expressed in the original policy, or could be accessed under the "alternative benefits" clause. Be sure to ask, as having safety bars, stairway lifts and higher toilets can all help us remain home more safely. The care coordinators who do the initial visit to determine claim eligibility create a care needs menu, so point out any assistive ideas that could be helpful.

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  3. April 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Posted by Edith

    I often work on phones, contacting private homes, to ask people to do volunteer work. It never ceases to amaze me how many (otherwise, I'm sure; intelligent) people tell me they can't assist because they: (give me their age/s) and tell me they "live all alone!" Usually, from the telephone directory I learn where they live! I have asked people to NOT give out that information. They usually get defensive: which is okay. So, IF a caller asks "do you live all alone?" would you tell them? I think not: so, do not tell strangers anything about you or your home. You don't have to be afraid to answer your phone, as some people have told me - just be aware that you either agree to volunteer or say a simple one syllable word. NO. Then hang up. A nice polite good bye is pleasant, but not necessary. Use your phone to YOUR advantage.

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