Advice for safeguarding a home for a senior who is still able to live independently

Try: Go through the home and try to see the different areas as if you were somewhat mobility challenged difficulty with balance and your hands no longer had a lot of strength or flexibility also try to look at things as if you had a little bit of trouble with your vision or hearing check to make sure that the temperature of the home can be kept at a comfortable level – both cool enough in the summer and warm enough in the winter check power bills to make sure the heating and cooling is efficient if the bills are extraordinarily high possibly more insulation is needed check the filters on both the air conditioner and the furnace dirty filters will lower the efficiency of the units while raising the cost make sure that emergency phone numbers as well as numbers for family members friends and neighbors are posted by each phone in the home and that the type is large enough for the senior to see comfortably check to see if there is a peephole in the entry door so that the senior can see who is at the door before opening it make sure that the lock on the main door works easily so that the senior doesn’t have to jiggle the lock or the key to gain entrance to the home is the house adequately lit with switches that are easy for the senior to reach light bulbs should be fairly bright as seniors need more light to read or maneuver through the home check all floor coverings to make sure no floor tile is sticking up where the senior can trip or the carpet is coming loose in the entryway hunt for clutter that could cause the senior to trip and fall check for overloaded outlets and extension cords that could cause a fall if tripped over

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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