Home Safety for Seniors OVERALL HOME SAFETYPerform Regular MaintenanceMaintain and Replace Furnace FiltersCheck Smoke Detectors, Fire Extinguishers and Carbon Monoxide DetectorsGutters - Full or clogged gutters can cause water to cross walkways and freeze in colder climatesFALL PREVENTIONClear all walkways of clutterRemove Throw RugsCheck for Cords such as Lamp Cords or Extension Cords that cross or are too close to walkwaysCheck for adequate lighting and add lighting as neededMove furniture to clear spaceFootware - Make sure you loved on has safe, non-skid shoes and slippersInstall railing throughout the home especially along hallways where they may tire and can't use furniture to remain stable.Watch for areas where water might accumulate and cause slips or falls.Check all Railings for stability and make sure they are secure.BATHROOMSGrab Bars - In the shower/tub area & near the stoolThrow rugs - May be necessary to soak up standing water. If you need them, make sure they are not too thick and don't slip around on the floor.Install non-skid material in the bath/shower.Shampoo & Soap should be within reach and we recommend that they not be on the floor so the senior would have to bend down to pick them up. Consider a shower caddie or a small table.Floor wax can make the floor slippery. ECO recommends simply a clean floor.KITCHENFloors should be clean but not waxed to avoid slips.Keep commonly used items within reach for the senior. Avoid the use of step stools whenever possible. Counters - keep them clear so that the senior can put things on the counter and not on the stove.Remind your senior not to put non-cooking items on the stove.Fire Extinguisher - Make sure it is charged and easily reachable for the senior.Remind your senior as to where it is and how to use it.BEDROOMSAs with all rooms, clear walkways of clutter, cords and move furniture to improve walking space.Telephone/Cell Phone - Keep on the night stand and have the cord within reach.Flashlight - Keep a flashlight in the night stand drawer and make sure the senior knows where it is and can turn it on easily.Hearing Aids - have a container with a lid next to the bed to store hearing aids when sleeping or resting.OUTSIDE AREASClear walkways of debris and clutter.Create ramps to elevated areas.Install railings for elevated areas. If that is not feasible, try placing sturdy chairs or something that the senior can hold on to.Garden Boxes - Bending down can cause falls and other health issues. Consider raised garden boxes high enough so the senior does not have to bend downHoses - Can cause issues if they are stretched across pathways and pulled around. Buy extra hoses that don't cross walkways and are ready where the watering needs to happen.Hire someone to do lawn mowing, especially during hot months.Hire someone to clear snow and ice. So often seniors fall when doing this on their own.