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At-home safety is not something that should be taken for granted. Homes in the Lehigh Valley may contain hazards under normal circumstances, but when a resident has mobility challenges, there are many situations that may need examination that we don’t often think about.

Because the experts at Power Stair Lifts are especially comfort- and safety-conscious, we are offering the following Home Safety Checklist for your convenience.


  • Make sure the shower or tub has a non-slip mat.
  • Remove any loose rugs that can cause a person to trip.
  • Make sure the floor is completely dry to prevent slipping on wet floors. Consider installing washable wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Install a raised toilet seat with handrails to make it easier to get up and down.
  • Put grab bars inside the tub and shower and next to the toilet to prevent falls.
  • Install a foam rubber faucet over the bathtub to prevent injuries if a person does fall.
  • Use a shower chair or bench for sitting up and a handheld shower wand to make bathing easier and safer.
  • Consider a walk-in tub with safety features like extra-wide doors, low step-in capability, and slip resistance.
  • A bidet toilet seat is great for older adults who have trouble cleaning themselves.
  • Keep an automatic night light in the bathroom so you are never in darkness.


  • Liquid and other slippery substances on your floors pose a considerable fall risk. If you cannot clean up a wet area completely, mark it with a cone or other item to alert others.
  • Rugs should be secured. Curled and torn edges are a safety and tripping hazard.
  • Reduce clutter so you do not have to maneuver around objects and risk losing your balance.

Stairs and Steps

  • Consider installing stair lifts and ramps where feasible. This will allow you to move around your home safely.
  • Handrails should be on both sides.
  • Treads should be deep enough for older adults to place their whole foot on them.
  • Adequate lighting and switches should be installed at both top and bottom.
  • If you have wood or tile steps, consider installing rubber treads to help prevent falls.
  • Remove loose runners and rugs at the top and bottom of the stairs that may cause someone to trip.


  • Keep it well-lit, even at night, in case someone wanders in. Automatic night lights or motion detection lights ensure they’re never in the dark.
  • Remove loose rugs to prevent tripping.
  • Make items easily accessible. Avoid the need for step stools and ladders to reach cooking and eating utensils.
  • Put a water-absorbant, non-skid mat in front of the kitchen sink to prevent falls.
  • Find sturdy kitchen chairs with arms that older adults can use to sit and get up safely.
  • Slip-proof flooring is safer than shiny floors.
  • Wipe up spills immediately.


  • Consider installing portable guardrails between the mattress and box spring.
  • If using a hospital bed, be sure the use the rails and lock wheels for safety.
  • Install a monitoring device by the bed so you’ll be alerted to any problems.
  • Provide automatic night lights and motion-detector lights so you can see when going to the bathroom.
  • Place a small table lamp within easy reach on each side of the bed.
  • Make sure the bed is the right height. They should be able to place their feet firmly on the floor when sitting on the edge of the mattress.
  • Remove any throw rugs that a person might trip over.
  • Replace torn or frayed carpeting.
  • Keep electrical cords away from walkways.
  • Clear out any furniture or decor that may make it difficult for an elderly person to move around.

Living Areas

  • Just as you did in the other rooms, keep electrical cords, throw rugs, and furniture away from walkways. Also, replace any torn or frayed carpeting.
  • Place decals on picture windows and sliding glass doors so older individuals can easily identify them as glass.
  • Remove low-style coffee tables, which can be hard to see and easy to trip over.
  • Do not use step stools or ladders. Ask for help. Many fire departments will come out to change the batteries in smoke detectors.
  • Medical alert devices can be lifesavers. Some come with apps that allow caregivers to monitor daily activities and their location.

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