Home Safety Audit

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Home Safety Audit

Family and caregivers are educated by professional staff in providing on personal care and home safety. In order to achieve optimal comfort, a personalized care plan will be developed. Open communication between the care team, family and caregivers is crucial for a positive outcome.

Use this checklist to determine areas in which the home may require modifications to ensure safety.

Personal Safety

  • Check to be sure patient is able to clearly communicate needs
  • Check to be sure patient is able to exit in emergency
  • Check to be sure patient is able to utilize telephone
  • Check to be sure patient has clothing that is safe for ambulation and circulation
  • Check to be sure patient has nonskid shoes/sox available
  • Check to be sure patient is able to verbalize emergency plan

In the Home

  • Check to ensure a flashlight is readily available
  • Ventilate well with fresh air when weather permits
  • Check to be sure smoke detector/ fire alarm is working
  • Be sure a fire extinguisher available (able to hear alarms)
  • Install easy to reach adequate lighting
  • Check for adequate cooling and heat
  • Arrange furniture to facilitate mobility
  • De-clutter walk ways
  • Remove cords on floors as these are a trip and fall hazard
  • Check to be sure area rugs are secure and safe and throw rugs are absent
  • Check to be sure door thresholds are safe and unobstructed
  • Check to be sure water temperature is safe (not more than 120 degrees)
  • Check for safe use of extension cords with circuit breaker
  • Check exit doors are functioning properly and unobstructed
  • Check to be sure mail/ newspaper can be easily retrieved
  • Check stairs/ ramp and in good condition and clutter free
  • Check to be sure end of stairs is clearly marked (top and bottom) with brightly colored tape to make them more visible
  • Check to ensure hand rails are installed on both sides of stairs

In the Bathroom

  • Install grab bars on walls around the tub and beside the toilet
  • Install a night light
  • Install a raised toilet seat if needed
  • Install non slip bath mat and rugs that may get wet
  • Use a hand held shower head
  • Request a shower seat *
  • Request a bedside commode *

In the bedroom

  • Put in a bedside light with a switch that is easy to turn on and off (or a touch lamp)
  • Install a night light
  • Request an over-bed table to make it easier to read, write, reach personal necessities *

* Items covered by hospice benefit

  • Place a telephone within reach
  • Request an adjustable (hospital) bed to make it
    easier to get into and out of *
  • Place an arm chair near bed, to sit and dress

Oxygen Care

  • No smoking sign around oxygen
  • Able to change tanks as needed
  • Ensure tubing does not obstruct safe ambulation

Pet Care

  • Able to feed and let pets outside
  • Able to change litter box (wear gloves)
  • Ensure pets are safe from underfoot
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