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Safety checklist: Laundry

  1. Is the laundry on the main living level?
  2. Are washer and dryer front-loading?
  3. Is dryer properly vented with easy-to-clean lint trap?
  4. Are detergents and cleaning agents in easy-to-handle containers within easy reach?
  5. Is there a countertop for folding clothes?
  6. Is there an ironing board that can be used sitting or standing, and space to do either?
  7. Is the area brightly lit?
  8. Is there a sturdy step stool with handrail?

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