Room-by-Room Home Safety Check-up
Home Safety is Critical to Remain Independent
Surprisingly, there’s more to home safety and preventing falls than you might imagine! Don’t be alarmed though, because most solutions to correct the problem are easy and low cost. Discover where dangers and hazards may be lurking in your home or your aging loved one’s home, and then decide if you want to fix those things yourself or hire it done.
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How can I inexpensively adjust the toilet seat height (too low/too high) in our home?
- Add a raised toilet seat for stools that are too low.
- Install a portable toilet seat extender.
- Consider a lower profile toilet for seats that are too high.
Where is it most important to adjust or add lighting inside and outside the home?
- Entrances to the home and garage.
- Under counters and over sink in kitchen.
- Night lights in bedroom and along path/hall to bathroom.
- Night light in bathroom.
Where can we find qualified home modification resources to help us with fixes?
Certified Aging-in-Place (CAPS) contractors and qualified home modification resources are designated by the National Association of Home Builders, and a map directory of resources is provided by the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification.
The % of all Falls that Happen in the Bathroom (in people 65+)
The number of every minutes a person 65+ dies as a result of a fall, according to the CDC
Fixing the issues that could cause a fall is top priority. Depending on the size of the job and your time or ability to take care of the problems, you may want to consider hiring the work done. For big fixes, many people look to contractors to to address home safety. Before you make any calls, it’s wise to be prepared with specific questions, research on their qualifications and licensing, as well as being able to recognize home improvement loan scams. A list of questions, tips and record-keeping guides is very helpful, and you can find fantastic ones at the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information on Hiring a Contractor.
Tools & Resources at Your Fingertips
Start by Checking the Environment for Safety
How Safe is Your Home?
Begin with an easy-to-use Home Safety Self Assessment Tool. Check each room, record what you find and review suggested solutions.