How to make a home safe for the elderly – 6 tips to use and a FREE safety checklist for the home

Here at Age Care Bathrooms, we understand the fretful thoughts that can enter your mind when thinking of the safety of your loved ones. That’s why we’ve put together some handy tips to consider when it comes to making the home safe for the elderly.

Not only have we highlighted 6 potential tips for you to utilise, we have also included a checklist of instances to consider when thinking about safety and the home. We’ve handily split this into a room by room guide for you, so that you can get the worries out of your head and ticked off the list!

Download your FREE PDF version of the safety checklist here.

Universal instances to consider in every room

  • Is there sufficient lighting? Would they benefit from sensor lightings?
  • Is there any clutter in the way that could cause tripping?
  • Is the thermostat and water temperature capped?

Bedroom

  • Is the bed at an appropriate height?
  • Is there any clutter that could cause a tripping hazard?
  • Is there easy access to communication devices? (mobile phones, landlines)
  • Do any electricals pose a tripping hazard?
  • Is lighting easily reachable?
  • Should a nightlight be installed?

Living room

  • Is there any glare through the windows?
  • Is the furniture stable?
  • Is the rug loose or uneven?
  • Are confusing patterns used on the carpet or rugs?
  • Are there low footstool or coffee tables that should be removed or moved?
  • Are plug sockets overloaded with extensions?
  • Is the furniture sturdy and hardwearing?

Bathroom

  • Is the floor slip resistant?
  • Are there grab rails and if so are they easily accessible?
  • Are toiletries within reach and accessible?
  • Is bathing easy to do?
  • Are medications and supplements easily identifiable?

Kitchen

  • Are heavy items stored down low?
  • Are items easy to reach?
  • Is there a fire alarm fitted near the cooker?
  • Is there a carbon monoxide detector fitted?
  • Is a sturdy step stool needed to reach things in cupboards?
  • Is there a fire extinguisher in reach? (and do they have the knowledge to use it?)
  • Are appliances up to date and in good condition?
  • Is food fresh?

Hallway

  • Is the stair banister secure?
  • Does the phone have large numbers for visibility?
  • Are the edges of the stairs easily recognisable?
  • Is the front door handle easily recognisable?
  • Is there a list of emergency contacts available? E.g. emergency services, family members, doctors etc.

Download your FREE PDF version of the safety checklist here.

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