Spring Safety Tips for Seniors: Get the Checklist

spring safety tips for seniors

Regular home safety checks keep seniors safe

Spring is a great time to take a fresh look at your older adult’s living space to make sure it’s as safe as possible.

Hazards in the house add up over time and increase the risk of falls or accidents. Falls are a top reason for seniors to lose mobility. Keeping their home safe reduces fall risk and helps them stay as independent as possible.

We created a handy printable checklist of essential spring safety tips. Use this list to help you notice things around the house, fix safety issues, and take notes if larger repairs are needed.




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Printable checklist with spring safety tips for seniors

Once or twice a year, go through this checklist of important safety updates to keep your older adult’s home in tip-top shape.

Here’s what our printable checklist includes:

Medication

  • Update the list of all medications, vitamins, and supplements
  • Dispose of any expired or discontinued medications

Bathroom

Kitchen

  • Emergency contact information is clearly posted on the fridge and near the telephone
  • Appliances are in good working condition and within easy reach
  • Frequently used items are in easy reach
  • Unnecessary appliances are put away
  • Stove is in good working condition
  • Refrigerator and freezer are in good working condition

Bedroom

  • Automatic night lights light the way to the bathroom
  • Bedside lamp is easy to turn on and off
  • Phone is easy to reach from the bed
  • Bed is easy to get into and out of
  • Clothes are easy to reach

General house

  • Water heater is set to a temperature that won’t scald
  • All sinks and drains are in good working order
  • Hallways and main floor spaces are clear of clutter
  • Electrical cords are secured at the edges of rooms
  • Lighting is bright and on/off switches are at every doorway, replace light bulbs as needed or switch to long-lasting LED bulbs
  • Change smoke detector batteries or change to a 10-year smoke detector
  • Make sure fire extinguishers are fully charged and easily accessible
  • Furniture is sturdy and in good shape – no wobbles
  • Flooring is smooth and free of tripping hazards

Outside the house

  • House numbers are clearly visible from the street, night and day
  • Walkways are clear and free of tripping hazards

 

Next Step  Print or save the spring safety checklist to keep your older adult’s home safe (PDF)

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: Professional Village Compounding Pharmacy


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