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EVERGREEN’S FALL PREVENTION CHECKLIST

Use this checklist as a guide when making decisions about what to improve when it comes to making your home more safe from accidental falls and injuries. Download the checklist HERE.

EXTERIOR ENTRANCES & EXITS

☐ Are walkway and drive surfaces even?
☐ Is there a curb?
Are there handrails along the steps?
Are the handrails in good condition?
Is there light in the driveway, walkway and porch?
Do the door and window locks work?

INTERIOR DOORS, STAIRS & HALLS

Are the doors wide enough for a walker or wheelchair?
☐ Are there railings along the stairway?
☐ Are the railings in good condition?
☐ Are there steps in the house?
☐ Is it easy to see the change in the steps?
☐ Is it easy to notice the first and last steps?
☐ Is there adequate lighting?
☐ Are there light switches at both ends of the stairs and hallways?
☐ Is there clutter in the hallways or on the stairs?
☐ Is it easy to notice the difference in the floor/carpet surface?
☐ Are there rugs on the floor?
☐ Are the rugs secured with slip-resistant backing?
☐ Do you have to navigate around furniture?
☐ Do you have to walk over electrical cords and wires?

BATHROOMS 

☐ Is there a clear, lighted path to the bathroom?
☐ Is the shower floor/bathtub floor slippery?
☐ Is it difficult to to get on and off the toilet?
☐ Are you able to step in and out of the bath and shower?
☐ Is there a bath bench in the tub or shower?
☐ Are there grab bars for shower and tub access?
☐ Is it difficult to stand while showering?
☐ Can you easily reach soap, shampoo and towels, etc.?
☐ Is there a telephone within reach?

LIVING AREAS 

☐ Does your furniture allow easy transition from sitting to standing?
☐ Do you need to walk around furniture to get through the living area?
☐ Do you have to walk over electrical cords or wires?
☐ Is there adequate lighting throughout the living space?
☐ Is it necessary to get up to answer the phone or change the channel?
☐ Are the chairs and couches low to the ground?
☐ Are there rugs on the floor?
☐ Are the rugs secured with slip-resistant backing?
☐ Do you have to reach up to pull cords to lights or ceiling fans?
☐ Is there clutter (books, magazines, shoes, etc.) on the ground?

KITCHEN 

☐ Is there adequate lighting throughout the kitchen?
☐ Can you comfortably reach the sink and countertops?
☐ Are shelves and storage within reach?
☐ Are your “most used” items easily accessible?
☐ Is there clutter, liquids, food or grease on the floor?
☐ Do you have to bend over or use a stool to reach common items?
☐ Can you navigate through the kitchen with a walker or wheelchair?
☐ Do you have a fire extinguisher that’s easily accessible?
☐ Is there a phone in the kitchen or nearby?
☐ Do you have your emergency contacts clearly posted somewhere?
☐ Are sharp objects, and small appliances stored properly?

BEDROOMS 

☐ Is the light near your bed easy to reach?
☐ Is the path from the bedroom to the bathroom well lit?
☐ Is it necessary to get out of bed or reach far for the telephone?
☐ Do you have to walk over electrical cords or wires?
☐ Is it common to get up during the night to use the restroom?
☐ Is it necessary to get up to answer the phone or change the channel?
☐ Do you have a list of emergency contacts within reach?
☐ Is there clutter (clothes, shoes, bags, etc.) on the ground?