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Home Safety Checklist For The Aging Or Disabled

Home safety checklist aging disabled

Do you or a loved one in Osage Beach have a few mobility challenges such as being prone to fall or needing to use a walker or wheelchair just to move around the house? If so, home safety is something that's worth looking into.

Most adults over the age of 65 in Osage Beach want to stay in their home as they age, but getting around like they used to becomes more difficult as time goes by. Being proactive now with home safety can prevent serious injury to yourself or your loved one over the long-term.

As an aging in place modification specialist, we've helped hundreds of aging individuals and families with home modifications with a focus on home safety and accessibility. We've provide general inspections which identify home safety concerns for those who are aging or disabled. Take a look at the following home safety checklist which covers a majority of the safety concerns for the aging or disabled in most Osage Beach homes.

Home Entry Safety

Do you have a parent who uses a walker, cane or wheelchair to enter and exit their home? The entry area is one of the most important areas of their Osage Beach home to check for home safety first.

  • Handrailings along stairs and in key areas of the patio or entryway
  • Wheelchair ramps which are strong, easy to access, and wide enough to use
  • No obstructions or uneven areas on walkways and surfaces leading to the doorway
  • Level flooring
  • Level doorway thresholds
  • Wide areas for plenty of space to turn around on the entry porch.

Bedroom Safety

Depending on the limitations involved, you may need to ensure there are significant safety features in the bedroom for an aging or disabled person. For instance, there may need to be a grab bar installed by the bed, room for a power lift or ceiling sling to help them get out of bed.

Their bedroom is one area of a home where safety is important although it seems there isn't much to do there except sleep and get dressed. The key is to make sure they have enough space to safely and freely maneuver equipment around the room. Make sure there are no obstructions leading from the bedroom to the bathroom.

  • Good lighting
  • Enough room for medical equipment
  • Organized and easy to reach storage for clothing, shoes, accessories
  • Easy and clear access to the bathroom

Bathroom Safety

A standard bathroom in an Osage Beach home is a safety concern for most aging or disabled individuals. It can be impossible to take care of normal hygiene needs when there's no way to lift yourself off the toilet or get in and out of a bathtub/shower combo. Depending on the needs of the person, put these home safety items on your checklist.

  • Grab bars on the outside of the shower or tub
  • Grab bars inside the shower or tub
  • Grab bars near the toilet
  • Replace standard tubs with a walk-in tub
  • Wheelchair height sink and counter
  • Easy to reach storage for toiletries and towels
  • Excellent lighting in and leading to the bathroom
  • Non-slip flooring
  • Plenty of room to maneuver
  • Room for any special mobility equipment

Kitchen Safety

Everything from slip and fall accidents to serious injuries and accidental kitchen fires can happen the older we age. Taking the necessary precautions to avoid kitchen accidents should always be on your home safety checklist. These special features can ensure kitchen safety:

Wall stove vs. a floor stove - Reaching down and then in the oven to insert or move items takes a good amount of stooping, strength, and balance. What usually happens is the aging person gets burned by the heating elements in the oven as they try to reach inside to insert or remove food.

  • Excellent kitchen lighting with a focus on food prep and cooking areas
  • Plenty of space to turn around and work in the kitchen
  • Storage for dish towels other than on the stove to avoid them catching on fire
  • Good ventilation over the stove - dirty stove vents cause fires
  • Working smoke detector with battery backup
  • Organized storage that's easy to access
  • A place for everything including countertop areas for food prep
  • An automatic shut-off feature for the gas range
  • Non-slip flooring
  • No rugs or other trip hazards

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