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Safety checklist: Living areas

  1. Are pathways clear and furniture positioned to aid in moving about the room?
  2. Are wires and cords out of harm's way?
  3. Are chairs and sofas proportioned for the users and easy to get into and out of?
  4. Are lights, radio, TV, phone controls within reach of easy chair?
  5. Are window coverings easy to manipulate?
  6. Is there balanced lighting throughout, with a good light within reach of easy chair?
  7. Is the carpet or rug securely fastened to the floor?
  8. Is the fireplace safe and easy to use?

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