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Home Safety Checklist
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Below you'll find a basic supply checklist we've compiled to assist you in setting up your loved one in a safe and functional environment whether at home or in an assisted living facility followed by an in-depth checklist of safety hazards you will want to keep an eye out for when walking through the new home.

In-Home Supply Checklist

Bath Safety:

  • A bath bench or stool to avoid standing on slippery surfaces while showering
  • A non-slip bath mat to help mitigate floor slickness
  • Grab bars to provide stability while entering and exiting the shower/bath tub
  • A handheld shower spray to make bathing easier
  • A raised toilet seat will make rising and lowering to use the toilet much easier and safer
  • Tub rails provide a secure handle on the edge of the bath tub to help ease the difficulty of getting in and out of the bath tub

Living Aids:

  • Some basic dressing aids can make the daily routine of dressing and undressing much easier
  • The no-rinse products allow more time between bathing and help those with mobility issues maintain a clean body and hair until they can get assistance
  • Mobility aids such as canes and rollators help those who struggle to get around with ease
  • Reaching aids offer your loved one more independence to get things for themself
  • A hair wash and rinse tray also helps make hair care much easier and less messy

In-Home Safety Hazard Checklist

ENTRANCE:

  • Areas should be clear of any clutter and surfaces should be non-slip
  • Ensure that all railings are secure
  • Front door should have a functional peephole and a secure deadbolt that a key can open from the inside
  • All chemical/hazardous chemicals should be stored away safely and marked properly

INTERIOR & MAIN LIVING AREA:

  • Doorways should be wide enough to accommodate easy access and the thresholds should be level
  • Door locks and windows should open and close easily
  • Any steps should be uniform in size and height. Colored or glow-in-the-dark tape can provide good visual markings to help distinguish between steps and increase visibility
  • All furniture should be in good working order and the back and armrests should be sturdy
  • Any step stools should be sturdy and have a handle for better support as well as a non-skid surface
Kitchen:
  • Appliances should be in working order, all on/off buttons operable and clearly marked
  • Any electrical cords should be a safe distance from the sink
  • All flammable items (dishtowels, cloth oven mitts, etc.) should be far from any heating source
  • Table and chairs should be tested regularly for sturdiness while leaning, standing and sitting
  • Pot holders, oven mitts and reaching tools should be easily accessible
  • Tea kettles should whistle properly and food timers should be operable
BEDROOM:
  • A telephone, emergency numbers and a flashlight should all be available within reach of the bed
  • Ensure the mattress is at an appropriate height for the individual and has a firm edge or bed cane to support getting in and out of bed safely
BATHROOM:
  • Bath and/or shower should be easily accessible with proper grab bars as well as accommodating of assistive devices such as a wheelchair, cane and/or walker
  • Non-skid mats should be installed on the shower and/or bathtub floor
  • Grab bars should be secure and easily reached from the toilet, tub and/or shower
  • A tub/shower seat with handheld shower wand is the safest bathing environment and an elevated toilet seat offers the safest access to the toilet
GENERAL:
  • Medications should be current, clearly marked with proper instructions and stored safely
  • Sharps containers should be available if there is any use of needles, syringes or other sharp items
  • An emergency plan in place, a first aid kit with fresh supplies and an emergency response necklace are all good safety precautions to have
  • Ensure all telephones have emergency numbers listed
  • Lighting should be adequate throughout including flashlights and nightlights placed in proper locations
  • Secure all rugs with carpet tape to prevent sliding
  • All medical equipment should have cords and tubing stored safely away
  • Located and test, if applicable, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors
  • Appliances such as electrical heaters, blankets, fans and coffee makers should have proper automatic shutoff and should be kept away from rugs and drapery
  • Water faucets should be properly marked for "hot" and "cold" controls to prevent accidental scalding
  • Ensure all smoking precautions are taken, especially prohibiting smoking during oxygen use
  • Take care to ensure that any pets are handled appropriately and safely
  • Keep up regular home maintenance such as furnace and fireplace inspection, insect/pest control, HVAC maintenance
 
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