Are medications stored properly? Are they too high or too low for the senior to reach?
Is the toilet the correct height? This is often overlooked and many times a senior will tell you it’s fine
until you show them how much easier things can be and safe.
Are mobility, joint problems, or injury making it difficult for the senior to reach into overhead cabinets,
brush hair or lift their leg to get into a bathtub? ? Are there handheld shower heads or grab bars in
Is the floor slippery? Are bath mats sufficient? Do they grip the floor?
Are grab bars available near the tub, shower and toilet?
Is there the potential for bath water to be too hot? Consider turning down water heater.
Is the bathtub or lip on a shower too high?
Does the senior have access to a telephone or cell phone, especially at night? Are there emergency
numbers programmed or listed next to phone?
Is the senior unsteady when getting up at night or dressing during the morning? Do you need
additional walkers or canes?
Is the bed too high or low?
Do throw rugs create a tripping hazard? Is the carpet torn? Do mats grip the floor?
Is there enough light? Is there enough light to get to bathroom?
Is the room cluttered with clothing, magazines and newspaper? Or is there too much furniture?
Do tangled electrical cords obstruct pathways?
Is there spoiled food in the refrigerator?
Cuts and Burns:
Is the senior at risk or harming herself with a sharp utensil or causing a fire?
Are dangerous chemicals secured?
Is emergency contact information within easy access?
Are cabinets too high or low? Is there clutter on countertops or throughout the kitchen? Are pathways
Is the floor slippery? Are there throw rugs?
Evaluate how easy or difficult stairs are for elderly. Do you need a stair lift?