The Consumers Guide to Home Safety for Seniors

Remaining independent in your home often requires some adjustments or improvements to your home so your home is a safe environment that allows you to function better and more comfortably. These adjustments can range from small changes that don’t cost anything and can be modified by the senior, their families or caregivers, to more significant home improvements which may require monetary investment and the hiring of a contractor. The larger changes to the home may be daunting, but can be a cost-effective method to allow the senior to stay in his or her home. Even middle-aged adults are now implementing design changes to their own homes to address the needs of their visiting senior parents as well as to create the ideal environment to age in place in future years.

Ultimately, a senior’s safety in their own home should be of primary importance. All of the possible precautions that can be taken in creating a safe environment for the senior should be considered and changed if necessary. Taking steps toward safety allows for the senior to remain safe, comfortable and offers opportunity for better quality of life.

  • An overview of senior-focused home improvements.
  • The top 11 home improvements that seniors have made to their homes, as reported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • What equipment is and is not covered by Medicare.
  • Tips for finding the right contractor to make improvements to your home.
  • Lists of recommendations for changes in each room of the home to provide for safer and better functioning.
  • List of recommendations for general changes to the home that will help a senior operate better inside the home and feel safer overall.
  • For caregivers, an additional list of safety tips from their perspective

We hope you find this guide helpful as you determine how to create a safer environment for yourself, a loved one, or someone under your care.