Home Safety for Seniors

Senior living doesn’t have to mean life at an assisted living facility or constant in-home care.

Help your loved one(s) live their golden years comfortably, confidently and safely by taking the necessary steps to safely prepare their home.

  • Complete a whole-home audit and note any potential safety hazards.
  • Keep emergency contact numbers next to the phone. This includes 911, healthcare professionals, poison control, a trusted neighbor, and loved ones.
  • Secure rugs to the floor or opt to remove them altogether.
  • Install safety handles, non-skid mats, a shower chair, and a handheld shower head in the bathroom.
  • Limit the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees to prevent scalding.
  • Encourage the use of a cane or walker if needed, even at home.
  • Keep staircases and high-traffic areas clear of clutter.
  • Simplify your spaces by decluttering and getting rid of unnecessary items/furniture.
  • Deep clean the home and maintain with regular cleanings.
  • Never smoke alone or in bed.
  • Place fire extinguishers on every level of the home and ensure the senior knows how to operate.
  • Install motion-sensor lights inside and outside.
  • Purchase a medical alert device in case of injury and inability to use the phone.
  • Widen doorways and hallways with the help of a professional handyman.
  • Evaluate existing appliances and make safer/more convenient upgrades where necessary.
  • Raise electrical outlets to make more accessible.
  • Replace doorknobs with levers to make opening doors easier.
  • Fix uneven exterior walkways, like troublesome sidewalks, porches, or decks.
  • Remove tree stumps and other trip hazards from landscaping.
  • Brighten indoor spaces by installing additional windows and purchasing better bulbs.
  • Ensure someone checks on your loved one daily, or more, as needed.

At Neighborly, we want homeowners to be safe at home at every stage of their lives. Need a trusted professional to assist with any item on this checklist? Visit our home page to explore our entire family of home service brands and to schedule service with a local pro.

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