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Fall Prevention: Home Safety Inventory1

Linda B. Bobroff2

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The home you have lived in most of your life can cause problems as you age. The good news is there are changes you can make to reduce risk of falling and keep your home a safe place to live.

Use this inventory to find possible problem areas in your home. Circle yes or no for each item. Skip any items that do not apply to you. If you answer “no” to any of the questions, make the needed change(s) as soon as possible.

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Home Safety Inventory.

Windows and Doors

Are windows and doors easy to open and close?

Yes

No

Are door thresholds low and easy to step over?

Yes

No

Is there space to move while opening and closing the door?

Yes

No

Does the front door have a peephole at the right height for you?

Yes

No

 

Floor Surfaces

Are all surfaces non-slip?

Yes

No

Are rugs and doormats tacked down?

Yes

No

Are floor level changes well marked?

Yes

No

 

Steps/Stairways

Do you have handrails on both sides of the stairway?

Yes

No

Are stair treads deep enough for your whole foot?

Yes

No

 

Kitchen and Bath

Can you sit while working in the kitchen?

Yes

No

Can you get into and out of the tub or shower with ease?

Yes

No

Do you have a rubber mat in your bathtub or shower?

Yes

No

Do you have grab bars in the bathroom?

Yes

No

 

Electrical Outlets and Switches

Are outlets and switches easy to turn on and off?

Yes

No

Are extension cords in good condition?

Yes

No

Is the telephone available for emergencies?

Yes

No

 

Lighting

Do you have adequate lighting through the entire house?

Yes

No

Do you have night-lights where needed?

Yes

No

By reviewing these questions and making needed changes, you will make your home a safer place for yourself and others who live with you. Most falls occur in the home, so it is wise to take time to do a home safety inventory.

For more information about fall prevention, visit these websites:

NIH SeniorHealth: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/aboutfalls/01.html

UF/IFAS Extension: http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu

National Institute on Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/falls-and-fractures

National Osteoporosis Foundation: http://nof.org/articles/15

Contact your local UF/IFAS Extension office. You can find your local UF/IFAS Extension office in the county government section of the telephone book or at http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu/map/. Ask your UF/IFAS Extension agent about the Elder Nutrition and Food Safety Program (ENAFS), and find out if she or he is offering this or other educational programs related to fall prevention, nutrition, food safety, or health.

Footnotes

1.

This document is FCS2229, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date April 2005. Revised April 2009 and July 2016. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

2.

Linda B. Bobroff, Ph.D., RD, professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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