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What Areas Need Attention



What Areas Need Attention

All projects have to begin somewhere, and sometimes somewhere isn’t always clearly defined. Aging in Place recommends that you utilize the resources below to assess your needs and wants to live safely and comfortably in your home. Safety should always come first, but there are many things that can be done to just make life more comfortable.

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AARP has put together five home safety checklists that can help you identify and address various hazards around your home. Every year in the United States, nearly one-third of people age 65+ experience a fall. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury, deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. More than 50% of all fall injuries among older people occur inside the home, and an additional 23% happen outside, but near the home.

The following checklists provide recommendations for some simple home modifications that could help prevent falls:

Bathrooms

Answer the following questions about your home. If you find problems, these solutions may help.

1) Are the sink, bathtub and shower faucets easy to use?
If the answer is no: install lever handles on sink, bathtub and shower faucets.

2) Are the floor surfaces slippery?
If the answer is yes: use non-skid mats or non-slip strips on bathtub and shower floors. To prevent tripping or slipping on bathroom rugs or mats, use only rubber-backed floor coverings that stay firmly in place, or secure them with double-sided rug tape or rubber carpet mesh.

3) Are there grab bars in the bathtub/shower and toilet areas?
If the answer is no:  install grab bars in the bathtub, shower and toilet areas.

4) Is a low toilet seat making it hard to stand up?
If the answer is yes: install a toilet seat extender or consider purchasing a toilet with a higher seat.

5) Are there exposed hot water pipes beneath the sink?
If the answer is yes: insulate the hot water pipes beneath the sink.

6) Do you have a handheld or adjustable-height shower head?
If the answer is no: install a handheld or adjustable showerhead.

7) Does the bathtub or shower have a bath seat?
If the answer is no: install a bath seat or bench in the tub or shower.

8) Is the hot water heater set at 120°?
If the answer is no: set the water heater to 120° to avoid scalding.

9) Is there good lighting?
If the answer is no: install the highest wattage bulb that’s allowed for the fixture. Install a night- light and/or replace the light switch with an illuminated switch that can be seen in the dark.

10) Are small electrical appliances (including hairdryers, curling irons, shavers) plugged in when not in use?
If the answer is yes: unplug all electrical appliances when not in use, and never use electrical appliances near a filled sink or bathtub.

Exits, Entrances, Doors

Answer the following questions about your home. If you find problems, these solutions may help.

1. Are exterior pathways, porches and doorways well lit?
If the answer is no: Increase lighting along pathways and entryways. Install floodlights with motion sensors. Install photoelectric eyes in light fixtures so lighting will turn on automatically at dusk.

2. Are the walkways driveways in good condition?
If the answer is no: repair any holes, loose bricks, uneven or broken areas of walkways and driveways.

3. Are there handrails on both sides of the steps?
If the answer is no: install dual handrails alongside the steps.

4. Are the doorknobs easy to use?
If the answer is no: install lever door handles. (Note: Young children can also operate lever handles, so if you don’t want them opening a door, you may need to lock the door.)

5. Are you able to identify who is at the front door without opening it?
If the answer is no: install a peephole on the exterior door at the correct height for you.

6. Does the threshold of the door contribute to trips or falls?
If the answer is yes: install a beveled, no step, no trip threshold. A contrasting color will make it easily visible for added safety. Place a bench or table beside the door to hold packages while you’re opening the door.

7. Are there scatter or throw rugs near the doorways that may cause tripping or slipping?
If the answer is yes: remove all scatter or throw rugs near the doorways and, while you’re at it, throughout the house.

8. Are any shrub or tree roots sticking out of the ground?
If the answer is yes: remove any shrub or tree roots that could be tripped over.

 

Kitchens

Answer the following questions about your home. If you find problems, these solutions may help.

1. Is there good lighting over the sink, stove and countertop work areas?
If the answer is no: increase task lighting at the sink, stove and in work areas. Use the highest wattage bulb allowed by the fixture.

2. Are cabinets and cupboards easy to open?
If the answer is no: install C or D-type handles on cabinets and cupboards.

3. Are the stove controls safely reached, so your hand doesn’t come close to the flame or electric coils?
If the answer is no: if there are no young children in the house, consider purchasing a stove that has the controls at the front.  Add touch and color-contrasted controls for people who have low vision.

4. Is a fire extinguisher within easy reach of the stove?
If the answer is no: mount an ABC-rated fire extinguisher in an easy to reach location near the stove.

5. Do you have a sturdy step stool with handrails?
If the answer is no: use a step stool that has non-slip steps and grip handrails.

6. Are objects on shelves or in drawers easily accessible?
If the answer is no: install adjustable shelving to increase access to upper cabinets. Install pull-out shelves and corner lazy Susan turntables under counters and in corner cabinets.

7. Does the sink faucet have an anti-scald device?
If the answer is no: install a pressure-balanced, temperature regulated faucet and keep it at 120° or less.

8. Are the countertops and sink easy to use when you’re seated?
If the answer is no: create a work space that has knee clearance by installing pull-out cabinetry or by removing cabinet doors and shelves so you can work while seated.

9. Do you use wax on your floors?
If the answer is yes: avoid using floor wax and don’t walk on a just-cleaned floor until it has completely dried.

Living Rooms and Bedrooms

Answer the following questions about your living areas and bedroom. If you find problems, these solutions may help.

1. Are all passageways clear and well lit?
If the answer is no: rearrange the furniture to allow for clear, wide passageways. Make sure passageways are illuminated at both ends, and in the middle if the passageway is long and it is required.

2. Are electrical or telephone cords exposed along pathways?
If the answer is yes: place all cords along a wall where they can’t cause tripping, and remove cords from beneath furniture or carpeting to prevent fraying and possible fire.

3. Are floor mats, throw rugs and carpets secured to the floor?
If the answer is no: use double-sided tape or carpet mesh to secure all rugs. Better yet, remove all scatter and throw rugs.

4. Is there ample light in all areas?
If the answer is no: use natural light to the fullest by opening curtains, blinds and shades during daylight hours. Use compact fluorescent or highest wattage light bulb allowed for your lamps and fixtures.

5. Are light switches easy to use?
If the answer is no: install a touch control lamp or clapper device that turns things on and off.

6. Are there smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your home?
If the answer is no: install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every floor.

7. Are there smoke and carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms?
If the answer is no: install detectors that can be heard in every bedroom.

8. Is the telephone easily accessible from your bed?
If the answer is no: install a telephone jack or cordless phone nearby.

9. Are your closets well lit and easy to use?
If the answer is no: install a closet light and adjustable rods and shelves in the closet.

Steps and Stairs

Answer the following questions about your home. If you find problems, these solutions may help.

1) Are the steps in good repair?
If the answer is no: replace or remove any worn or torn carpeting. Make sure no nail heads are sticking out. Refinish or replace worn treads.

2) Are there handrails on both sides of stairway?
If the answer is no: install handrails on both sides of the steps, and do so at a height that provides you with better balance.

3) Are there any objects on the stairs?
If the answer is yes: remove all clutter from steps to avoid tripping and falling.

4) Are there light switches at both the top and bottom of the stairs?
If the answer is no: install light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs.

5) Are the stairs well lit?
If the answer is no: install the highest wattage light bulb allowed for overhead or nearby light fixtures. Install night-lights in nearby outlets.

6) Can you clearly see the edges of the steps?
If the answer is no: paint or put tape with contrasting color at the edge of the step. Replace or add non-slip adhesive strips. Choose a carpet pattern that doesn’t hide step edges, making it look as if the steps have ended when they haven’t.