11 Point Senior Home Safety Checklist for Fall Prevention

Often people start thinking about senior home safety once there has been an incident like a fall! That was the case with my family.

But if at all possible, start on tasks like adding hand rails, shower grab bars and removing clutter and loose rugs before the senior you are caring for has reached the stage where they look vulnerable to falls.

1. Entrances and Exits:

– Install sturdy handrails on both sides of staircases.
– Ensure adequate lighting at entryways and along walkways.
– Check that entry doors are easy to open and close securely.

2. Flooring:

– Remove loose rugs to prevent tripping. Some insurance agents call these “slip and fall” rugs. Get them out of the house.
– Choose non-slip flooring materials for high-traffic areas.
– Repair any uneven surfaces or loose floorboards.

The following CDC video will walk you through the same points as in our “Senior Home Safety Checklist” with excellent graphics. Enjoy!

3. Bathrooms:

– Install grab bars near the toilet and in the shower or bath.
– Use non-slip mats inside and outside the bathtub or shower.
– Ensure proper lighting and easy access.

4. Kitchen Safety:

– Store commonly used items within easy reach. This might mean moving items from higher shelves to lower shelves.
– Avoid clutter on countertops to provide ample workspace.

5. Bedroom Considerations:

– Place a nightlight near the bed for safe navigation in the dark.
– Discuss the nighttime trip from the bed to the bathroom. Is a walker needed? Is there something to hold onto for the journey?
– Choose a comfortable and easily accessible bed.
– Keep the bedroom floor clear of clutter and tripping hazards.

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6. Living Areas:

– Arrange furniture to create clear pathways for movement.
– Secure loose cords or wires to prevent tripping hazards.
– Ensure adequate lighting in all living spaces.

7. Emergency Preparedness:

– Inspect and test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
– Keep emergency contact numbers and medical information easily accessible.
– Discuss and practice emergency evacuation plans.

8. Medication Management:

– Set up a system for organizing and taking medications.
– Keep a list of medications and allergies in a visible location.
– Dispose of expired medications properly.

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9. Technology and Assistance Devices:

– Consider using medical alert systems for quick assistance.
– Ensure that phones and other communication devices are easily accessible.
– Explore home automation for added convenience and safety.

10. Outdoor Safety:

– Install handrails on outdoor steps and ramps.
– Maintain well-lit pathways and entrances.
– Keep outdoor areas free of debris and obstacles.

11. Regular Maintenance Checks:

– Schedule regular inspections for electrical, plumbing, and heating systems.
– Check for and repair any leaks, loose handrails, or damaged flooring.
– Assess the functionality of assistive devices (i.e. walkers, canes and wheelchairs).

A senior home safety checklist is a proactive measure that empowers families and caregivers to create a secure and comfortable living environment for their senior family members. Address potential hazards and implement safety measures to ensure that the home remains a haven where seniors can age with peace of mind.

Regularly revisiting and updating this checklist will contribute to an ongoing commitment to the well-being of our seniors in the place they call home.


Beacon Home Care offers compassionate one-on-one, non-medical care and quality companionship to seniors and anyone with special needs. We offer a broad range of home care services to support the mind, body, and spirit of our clients. Our mission is to provide peace of mind by assisting those who are getting older, chronically ill, recovering from surgery, disabled, or anyone with special needs.

Because we are locally owned, our caregivers understand and respect the diverse culture that makes Northern California and the Bay Area unique.