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Home Safety Checklist to Help Safeguard Seniors

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For many, a childhood home evokes memories of a safe haven. Perhaps you felt loved, protected and secure there.

As your parents age, you may begin looking at the home of your youth through different eyes. Your mom’s favorite throw rug? She tripped over it last week and nearly fell. That deep bathtub you used to love to soak in? Dad can’t get into it anymore. And you’ve begun to worry that your mom’s forgetfulness will put her at risk in the kitchen as she continues to prepare family favorites for holiday gatherings.

A critical eye and a little forethought could help avert many of the dangers you are seeing at your parent’s home.

The home safety checklist, from Home Instead®, explores nine areas of the home with an eye toward senior safety. The checklist can assist you in assessing bedroom, bathroom, living room, hallway, kitchen, laundry room/basement, garage and front yard. To help ensure your loved ones’ safety at home, download the checklist below to begin:

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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® 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.

Last revised: April 21, 2014

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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.


    • May 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Posted by Carolyn Keller

      Habitat for Humanity offers fix type services, contact a county social worker or town hall or senior center, where your client lives they often have tons of local resources. Sometimes a local church offers this as well.


  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.


  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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