Aging in place with safety, comfort and accessibility.
Every year over half the injuries to people over the age of 65 are from falls inside a home. These injuries occur because as people age they have diminished bone density and declining senses (vision, hearing, smell and touch). So, these limitations make seniors vulnerable to accidents in their homes. Consequently, any home where seniors live, need to have special considerations that are not usually apparent to younger generations. When a senior is purchasing a home or modifying a current home it is important that the home provides safety, comfort, and ease of use. To make well-informed decisions about a senior’s home, hire Shelter West Home Inspections to provide a “Senior’s Home Safety Inspection.”
Safety is paramount
Each of our Senior’s Home Safety Inspections includes a detailed and tailored safety inspection of the home. It will identify opportunities to make the home safer, so a senior can live independently at home. The inspection includes everything a typical home inspection does, but places special attention to issues faced by seniors.
Here are some examples of safety issues the inspection covers:
- Does the home have an appropriate amount of smoke detectors?
- If applicable does the home have carbon monoxide alarms?
- In case of fire, does the home have a manageable escape route for people of limited mobility?
- Are there any visible electrical hazards present?
Next are some general details Shelter West looks for in a senior’s home safety inspection.
- Entry points – adequate lighting, no trip/slip hazards, low entry thresholds.
- Stairs/walkways/porches/decks – secure handrails & guards, non slip surfaces, lighting, level and in good condition.
- Exterior Doors – simple secure locks & handles, door opens and close easily.
- Hallways/rooms – ease of access/movement, interior doors are easy to use, light switch placement, throw rugs removed or tacked down, door handles are levers, level door thresholds, and non slip surfaces.
- Stairways – well lit with switch at bottom and top, secure handrails on both sides, step height and levelness, non-slip surfaces.
- Bedrooms – light switch in entrance & switch or plug serving sleeping area, the windows & door operate easily, the flooring type is not prone to trip hazards.
- Kitchen – upper cabinets accessible and secure, also flooring is a non-slip surface; as well the stove has an anti-tip bracket.
- Bathrooms – wide doorways & ease of access inside, is hot water temperature set to recommended safe temperature, tub/shower has safe access & anti scald taps, is there room to add a higher toilet, does the bathroom door locks have emergency release.
Ultimately, we all want to live independently in our homes for as long as possible. While also maintaining our health, safety and well-being. Get some peace of mind about aging in place by making sure the senior’s home is safe, comfortable and accessible.
Have Shelter West Home Inspections provide you with a Senior’s Home Safety Inspection.