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Fall Risk Prevention – Home Assessment Checklist

January 15, 2020

 

Here at Koremen we are committed to helping prevent the risk of falling at home for those that choose to age in place. Below is a quick checklist to assess safety in your own home to reduce your risk of falls! Checklist can be done by the home-owner, family member, friend, or caregiver. To make it easier assess in the home, download and print this handy PDF!

 

EXTERIOR

  • Is there overgrown landscape in the walkways?

  • Is there lighting over or near the entryway doors?

  • Are there handrails at all entry steps?

  • Are the handrails secure?

  • Are there large cracks in the walkways?

  • Are there broken or cracked steps?

  • Are garage walkways wide enough to safely walk?

 

KITCHEN

  • Are items that you use frequently easy to reach?

  • Do all areas have adequate lighting?

  • Are there throw rugs?

  • Is medication stored in an accessible location?

  • Are step stools stored out of the walkway when not in use?

  • Is the refrigerator hard to open or unstable?

  • If you have pets, are food/water bowls clear of walkways?

 

BATHROOM

  •  Is the bathtub difficult to step over?

  • Are frequently used items in the bathroom easy to access?

  • Do bath rugs have non-slip backing?

  • Is there a night light near the toilet?

  • Are there slip resistant grab bars in the shower?

  • Is the toilet too low?

  • Are there support devices on or near the toilet?

 

BEDROOM

  •  Is there a light switch you can reach in bed?

  • Are items easy to reach in the closet?

  • Is all flooring safely secured?

  • Do you have access to a telephone while in bed?

  • Is your bed too high or too low?

  • Is there an easily accessible pathway around your room?

  • Are there night lights illuminating a safe pathway?

 

 

If you would like to learn more or get involved with the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition, please visit our website at www.infallprevention.org. Koremen LLC is a proud member of the coalition!

 

 

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