Connecting Families to Senior Living

Talk to a local advisor for FREE


Elderly Home Safety Checklist

Last Updated: February 8, 2015

Use this checklist to determine whether or not a senior citizen is safe living home alone given the current state of the home. Any NO response indicates an area of concern. NO responses do not necessarily mean that the person can no longer remain home, but indicates areas in which the home may require modifications, or assistance may need to be brought in to ensure safety.

If the senior is unable to perform the task independently mark NO; if a caregiver is available to assist with the task mark CAREGIVER. This will help determine whether the care recipient is safe without a caregiver present.

Home Interior Yes No  
Stairs inside home are safe      
End of stairs is clearly marked (top and bottom)      
Handrails on both sides of stairs      
Hallways and doorways wide and obstruction free      
Fire extinguisher available      
Smoke detectors present      
Adequate lighting      
Throw rugs absent      
Area rugs secure and safe      
Adequate heat      
Adequate cooling      
Space heaters safe      
Hazardous materials stored safely      
Adequate plumbing      
Absence of rodents/insects      
Adequate trash pickup      
Space free of clutter/debris      
Electrical cords safe      
Safe use of electrical circuits/extension cords      
Furniture arranged to facilitate mobility      
Furniture appears sturdy and in good repair      
Non-carpeted floors are not slippery      
Door thresholds safe      
Safe water temperature      
Safe Storage of Chemicals Yes No Caregiver
Able to distinguish between products      
Chemicals stored away from food      
Outdated products safely disposed      
Flammables kept away from heat      
Exterior Yes No Caregiver
Able to get in/out of front door safely      
Able to get in/out rear door      
Able to retrieve mail/newspapers      
Ramp available, if needed      
Stairs safe and in good repair      
Railing on stairs      
Proper lighting      
Snow/ice removal, when needed      
Bathroom Yes No Caregiver
Able to get into bathroom      
Able to turn on light      
Able to get on/off commode      
Able to safely transfer in/out of tub or shower      
Able to use faucets      
Soap available      
Safe use of transfer bench      
Night light, if needed      
Grab bars available and secure      
Raised toilet seat, if needed      
Non-slip mat or strips in tub or shower      
Proper disposal of soiled incontinence pads      
Adequate cleaning/sanitizing      
Kitchen Yes No Caregiver
Adequate food storage      
Able to recognize if stove/oven is on      
Able to feel heat      
Fire extinguisher available      
Smoke detectors present      
Able to prepare meal      
Able to operate microwave      
Able to get groceries      
Frequently used items within reach      
Pet Care Yes No Caregiver
Pets safe underfoot      
Able to feed pets      
Able to let pet outside      
Able to change litter box      
Able to provide pet adequate exercise      
Bedroom Yes No Caregiver
Able to get in and out of bed      
Room for hospital bed, if needed      
Light accessible      
Phone accessible from bed      
Emergency alert system accessible from bed      
Adequate heat      
Bedside commode      
Flashlight available      
Night light, if needed      
Mobility Yes No Caregiver
Absence of falls      
Balance stable      
Able to maneuver assistive device      
Activity tolerance      
Shoes are safe and comfortable      
Communication Yes No Caregiver
Able to utilize telephone      
Emergency response system available      
Able to use system      
Can call for help in emergency      
Able to exit in emergency      
Able to clearly communicate needs      
Able to hear alarms      
Personal Safety Yes No Caregiver
Safe clothing for ambulation and circulation      
Wears shoes or non-skid socks inside      
Able to self-manage medications      
Safe storage of medications      
Able to manage thermostat      
Able to verbalize and enact emergency plan      
Oxygen Care Yes No Caregiver
No smoking around oxygen      
Able to safely change/refill tanks, as needed      
Tubing does not obstruct safe ambulation      

Find Senior Living Near You

Please enter a valid location
Please wait
while we process your request...