A safer and more comfortable home

Simple changes can make your home safer and more comfortable. Here’s a checklist from the AARP HomeFit Guide. Go ahead and check off your to-dos!

DIY Checklist for a Safer and More Comfortable Home

Install night lights in the bathroom and in the hallways.

Apply nonslip adhesive strips to uncarpeted stair treads.

Remove all scatter rugs, or use double-sided tape to secure them to the floor.

Place a lightweight, easy-to-use, ABC-rated fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location in the kitchen.

Arrange furniture to allow for easy passage.

Check carpeting on stairs to be sure it is firmly attached.

Set the water heater to 120 degrees F to prevent scalding and reduce costs.

Select address numbers that can be seen from the street.

Choose lever-style door handles, which are easier to turn than doorknobs.

Install a hand-held, adjustable-height showerhead for easier bathing.

Check the wattage ratings on your lamps and light fixtures, and install the brightest bulbs allowed.

Place electrical and phone cords along a wall where they won’t be a tripping hazard.

Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on all levels of the house.

Replace knobs on cabinets and drawers with easier-to-grip D-shaped handles.

Add a work surface you can sit at by placing a table where needed, or by removing some cabinet doors and shelving beneath a countertop.

Check outdoor walkways for loose bricks or pavers, and keep the paths clear of debris, including snow and ice.

Trim overgrown shrubbery to provide a clear view from doors and windows.

Create an emergency exit plan for getting yourself and others out of the home.

For more ways to make your home safer and more comfortable, this Aging in Place Checklist contains features you may want to consider for your next new construction or renovation project. If you’d like to talk about making your home more user-friendly and accessible for people of all ages and abilities, give us a call at 612-861-0188.

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