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Ensuring Home Safety for Seniors: A Comprehensive Checklist

Updated: Mar 18

older gentleman with a cane sitting on a couch

As seniors age, ensuring their safety at home becomes increasingly important. At Columbine Health Systems, we understand the significance of maintaining a safe environment for seniors to age in place comfortably. That's why we've compiled a comprehensive home safety checklist tailored specifically for seniors.

Essential tips to keep your loved ones safe at home:


Adequate lighting is crucial to prevent falls and accidents. Ensure that all areas of the home, including hallways, staircases, and entrances, are well-lit. Install night lights in bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways to improve visibility at night.


Remove loose rugs or carpets that could cause tripping hazards. Secure any rugs with non-slip backing or adhesive tape. Consider replacing slippery flooring materials with non-slip alternatives.

Bathroom Safety:

Install grab bars in the shower and near the toilet to provide support and stability. Use non-slip mats inside the bathtub or shower to prevent slips and falls. Consider installing a raised toilet seat and a shower chair for added convenience and safety.

Kitchen Safety:

Ensure frequently used items are within easy reach to avoid reaching or stretching. Keep pathways clear and uncluttered to prevent tripping hazards. Install anti-scald devices on faucets to prevent burns from hot water.

Bedroom Safety: 

Place a nightstand or table within reach of the bed to hold essential items like medications, water, and a phone. Install bed rails if needed to assist with safely getting in and out of bed.

Emergency Preparedness: 

Create an emergency plan and ensure your loved one knows how to contact emergency services. Keep a list of important phone numbers in a prominent location, including family members, doctors, and caregivers.

Medical Alert Systems: 

Consider investing in a medical alert system that allows seniors to call for help in an emergency. These systems provide peace of mind for both seniors and their loved ones.

Home Safety Evaluation: 

Schedule a home safety evaluation with Columbine Poudre Home Care. Certified physical or occupational therapists can assess the home environment and provide modification recommendations tailored to individual needs. These experts can identify potential hazards and suggest practical solutions to enhance safety and mobility. From installing grab bars to rearranging furniture for better accessibility, their recommendations aim to create a safer living environment for seniors.

Safety Equipment: 

Explore the range of in-home safety equipment available through Columbine Medical Equipment. From grab bars to shower chairs and mobility aids, we offer personalized service and home delivery to ensure seniors can access the tools they need to stay safe and independent.

By implementing these home safety measures, you can create a secure environment for your loved ones to age in place comfortably. At Columbine Health Systems, we're dedicated to promoting the well-being of seniors and providing the support they need to live safely and independently at home. Contact Columbine Poudre Home Care today at 970-482-5096 to learn more about home safety evaluations.


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