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A Balancing Act: Simple Steps to Help
Seniors See the Need for Home Modifications
Home Modification Checklist
Install grab bars or safety rails
for support when getting in/out of tub/shower –
never use towel racks or shower curtain rods instead
of grab bars.
Apply non-slip strips on bathtub and
Use bathmats and rugs with non-skid
Use an adjustable-height shower seat
rather than standing, if necessary.
Install an adjustable height or
Turn down the water temperature on
the hot water heater to 120 degrees to prevent
Consider a raised toilet seat or
grab bar to make getting up and down easier; make
sure toilet paper is in easy reach.
Avoid locking the bathroom door when
bathing to allow quicker access to you in case of a
Widen or clear pathways through the
bedroom – arrange furniture to create open space.
Make sure all electrical cords have
been cleared from paths.
Place smoke detectors outside of
bedrooms on each level of the home.
Keep a phone with a cord within easy
reach of the bed cordless phones aren’t useable when
the electricity goes out.
Post a list of emergency numbers
near the phone; include current medications, dates
prescribed and the pharmacy phone number.
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