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Is your Home safe? 10 questions to help you find out.
Mar 23, 2012

A "Fall Prevention Checklist" in the recently published Irish Pensioners Handbook 2012 asks 10 key questions to see how safe the home of an older family member, relative or friend is:

Q: Are pathways and footpaths outside the home even and free from cracks?
Q: Are the walkways free from clutter?
Q: Are rugs and carpets secured with non-skid tape?
Q: Are non-skid mats placed in the bath tub?
Q: Are there hand rails or grab bars installed beside the stairs or in the bathroom next to the toilet and bath?
Q: Is the kitchen floor free from liquid, grease or any other slippery substance?
Q: Have wheels been removed from all items of furniture?
Q: Do you use a nightlight to keep the bedroom lit at night time?
Q: Do you have light switches placed at each end of the stairway?
Q: Are steps visible?

The Irish Pensioners Handbook 2012 has extensive advice for around the home with tips on:
Keeping and eating well;
Keeping active;
Keeping warm;
Keeping your home warm;
Warmer Homes Schemes;
The Seniors Alert Scheme;
Fire Safety;
Home Security;
Mobility around the home;
Social Monitored Alarms;
Housing for Older People and
General Help & Advice.

For your FREE copy of The Irish Pensioners Handbook 2012, please call 1890 930013 or download a PDF from www.homeinstead.ie