Elderly Home Safety Checklist

Are you concerned about your aging parent or loved one being home alone? Use this elderly home safety checklist to determine whether or not your loved one is safe living at home in its current state, or if you need to make some safety modifications.

Any time you respond "No" indicates an area of concern in the home. "No" responses don't necessarily mean that the person can no longer live at home, but rather indicate areas in the home that may require modifications, or show that a caregiver might be necessary to ensure safety.

If your elderly loved one is unable to perform the task independently mark "No"; if a caregiver is available to assist with the task mark "Caregiver." This will help determine whether a caregiver is necessary for your loved one to be safe in their home.

Home Interior Yes No Caregiver
Stairs inside home are safe
End of stairs is clearly marked (top and bottom)
Handrails on both sides of stairs
Hallways and doorways wide and obstruction free
Fire extinguisher available
Smoke detectors present and working
Adequate lighting
Throw rugs absent
Area rugs secure and safe
Adequate heat
Adequate cooling
Space heaters safe
Hazardous materials stored safely
Adequate plumbing
Absence of rodents/insects
Space free of clutter/debris
Adequate trash pick up
Electrical cords safe
Safe use of electrical circuits/extension cords
Furniture arranged to facilitate mobility
Furniture appears sturdy and in good repair
Non-carpeted floors are not slippery
Door thresholds are safe
Safe water temperature
Chemicals stored away from food
Able to distinguish between products
Flammables kept away from heat
Outdated products safely disposed
Home Exterior Yes No Caregiver
Able to get in/out front door safely
Able to get in/out rear door
Able to retrieve mail/newspaper
Ramp available, if needed
Stairs safe and in good repair
Railing on stairs
Proper lighting
Snow/ice removal when needed
Bathroom Yes No Caregiver
Able to get into bathroom
Able to turn on/off light
Able to get on/off toilet
Able to safely transfer in/out of tub or shower
Able to use faucets
Soap available
Safe use of transfer bench, if necessary
Night light
Grab bars available and secure
Raised toilet seat, if needed
Non-slip mat or strips in tub/shower
Proper disposal of soiled incontinence pads
Adequate cleaning/sanitizing
Kitchen Yes No Caregiver
Adequate food storage
Able to recognize if stove/oven is on
Able to feel heat
Fire extinguisher available
Smoke detectors present and working
Able to prepare meal
Able to operate microwave
Able to get groceries
Frequently used items within reach
Bedroom Yes No Caregiver
Able to get in and out of bed
Room for hospital bed, if needed
Light accessible
Phone accessible from bed
Emergency alert system accessible from bed
Adequate heat
Bedside commode, if needed
Flashlight available
Night light, if needed
Pet Care Yes  No Caregiver
Pets safe underfoot
Able to feed pets
Able to let pet outside and back in
Able to change litter box
Able to provide pet with adequate exercise
Communication Yes No Caregiver
Able to utilize telephone
Emergency response system available
Able to use system
Can call for help in an emergency
Able to exit in an emergency
Able to clearly communicate needs
Able to hear alarms
Mobility & Personal Safety Yes No Caregiver
Absence of falls
Balance is stable
Able to maneuver assistive device, if needed
Can engage in physical activity
Shoes are safe and comfortable
Safe clothing for ambulation and circulation
Wears shoes or non-stick socks inside
Able to self-manage medications
Able to manage thermostat
Able to verbalize and enact emergency plan
No smoking around oxygen, if needed
Able to safely change/refill oxygen tanks, as needed
Oxygen tubing does not obstruct safe ambulation

If you determine that your loved one is in need of a caregiver to safely live at home, American In-Home Care can refer a compassionate, qualified, screened and insured caregiver that is right for your family. The caregivers we refer provide a variety of services including Alzheimer's Care, After Surgery Care, and assistance with Activities of Daily Living. Contact us today at 1-844-505-0004 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.