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Safety checklist: Bathroom

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  1. Are faucets easy to use with one hand and little finger strength?
  2.  Are shower and sink valves pressure-balanced or thermostatically controlled?bathtub1
  3.  Is the toilet at a proper height and securely fastened to the floor?
  4. Is there a grab bar at entry to tub or shower, within shower enclosure, and at toilet?
  5. Are towels and shower accessories easy to reach?
  6. Can door be unlocked from outside?
  7. Are floors, including tub and shower floor, non-slip?
  8. Is shower easy to enter and exit, with a place to sit while bathing?
  9. Is there an adjustable shower rod with hand-held shower head?
  10. Can one sit at the sink or vanity?
  11. Is there good, non-glare lighting?
  12. Is there room for a caregiver to assist bather?

For more complete home safety check lists, click on the following links:

"Safe at Home Checklist" from Rebuilding Together, along with the Administration on Aging and the American Occupational Therapy Association

"Preventing Falls at Home" brochure with an easy-to-follow checklist from the Administration on Aging

"The AARP Home Fit Guide: Information and Tips to Keep Your Home in Top Form for Comfort, Safety, and Livability" booklet includes checklists on home maintenance and energy efficiency, as well as livability evaluations and recommendations for fixing problems and how to get professional help

CAPS directory of Certified Aging in Place Specialists from the National Association of Home Builders