Home Safety Assessments for Seniors


Your mother will not be slipping on banana peels in her kitchen — however she may be slipping on that favourite throw rug subsequent to the sink! You could already query the security of the throw rug, however have you ever ever questioned if there are different unsafe issues in her residence you have not thought of? Or, higher but, what can YOU do to make her residence safer?

Your finest useful resource for finishing a complete security survey of the house is an in-depth residence evaluation guidelines. An “In-Residence Evaluation” is an in depth guidelines used to guage the security and accessibility of a house or workplace. Residence enhancements are advised within the guidelines to reinforce residence accessibility and security for seniors, aged and other people with disabilities.

A few of the extra vital security suggestions for a house contain the kitchen, toilet and entryways. For mother’s kitchen, a wall oven that has a handy shelf proper beneath the door prevents scrumptious, however heavy, casseroles from being dropped. Stoves with stage electrical prepare dinner tops guarantee protected transferring between burners; entrance controls and downdraft options pull warmth away; and a light-weight indicating when a burner is sizzling, are all important options.

Within the toilet, there are many issues that may be performed to enhance security. Simply to call a number of, we might point out a fold-down seat put in within the bathe; an adjustable bathe head on a hose; and an anti-scald system to insure the water won’t ever get too sizzling for her whereas she is showering.

The entry areas are additionally crucial spots to evaluation for questions of safety. You could wish to embrace a movement delicate mild on the entrances; a lobby with no slip flooring; a low or no step entry with a canopy; facet lights at doorways; and a floor for putting packages on whereas opening the door.

Slip resistant and non-glossy flooring surfaces are crucial within the security aware handicap accessible residence. A slip-resistant materials in your ground, similar to matte-finished wooden or laminate, textured vinyl or a soft-glazed ceramic tile will assist forestall falls. Thresholds separating adjoining rooms must be near the identical stage. Decrease-pile carpet that transitions into flooring is best than increased, softer piles. Low-pile carpeting and easy flooring supplies are additionally finest for wheelchair maneuverability.

Lastly, a number of accessibility objects to think about if mother is in a wheelchair or experiencing a incapacity embrace a 30-inch by 48-inch clear house at home equipment, and a 60 inch diameter clear space for turning; pulls with loops on drawers; and levered handles wherever potential. A superb in-home evaluation guidelines may also embrace details about protected electrical, lighting, and safety objects; heating, air flow and air-con; and stairways, lifts and elevators.

Consulting an in-depth residence evaluation guidelines will make it easier to reply many questions on residence security for folks with disabilities, seniors and people wishing to “age in place”.

In the event you want help evaluating the security of a house, you’ll find a listing of licensed getting old in place (CAPS) specialists on the NAHB web site. Your CAPS specialist will schedule an in-home session to watch and consider your present residing association, and help you in making a safer and extra accessible residence for you or a cherished one.

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