Home Safety Checklist for Caregivers

If you're a carer at home, it's important to take a more critical look at the safety of your environment.

To help keep your home safe, consider the following points.

Living Areas:

  • Remove unnecessary furniture (e.g., coffee tables, magazine racks, and floor lamps) and objects (e.g., shoes and toys) to prevent trips and falls
  • Get rid of small, slippery rugs
  • Make sure stairway handrails are sturdy and stairs are carpeted to prevent slipping
  • Keep emergency numbers near all of the phones in the home

Kitchen:

  • Install safety knobs and automatic shut-off switches on the oven and stove to help prevent burns or fire
  • Set your water heater's temperature to 120 degrees or less to avoid scalding
  • Make sure carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are installed and working properly (not just in kitchen, but throughout the home)

Bedroom:

  • Remove locks from bedroom and bathroom doors
  • Install nightlights in the bedroom, hallways, and bathroom or keep a dim light on during the night
  • Make sure all medications are clearly labeled and kept locked up
  • Install grab bars that help make it easier to get in and out of the tub and on and off the toilet

Bathroom

  • Install grab rails
  • Consider a shower seat
  • Footrest for the toilet
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