Today’s post is part of our ongoing series, The Encompass Way. Here, we’ll go over many of the steps involved in setting up a comprehensive care plan, which helps us to provide seniors and their families a complete understanding of the available care options and helps them maneuver through the challenges of the system.

home care omahaWhen determining whether or not a senior should remain at home, your loved one’s safety is our primary concern. For each client, Physicians Choice Private Duty conducts a home safety evaluation that examines all portions of the home while aiming to identify possible safety hazards. Oftentimes, with a little rearranging and/or modifications, your elderly parents can happily remain in their home.

Below is a sampling of our safety evaluation. We ask our clients to answer each question with a Yes, No or N/A.

Windows/doors

    • Are windows/doors easy to open/close?

 

    • Are locks sturdy/easy to operate?

 

    • Are doors wide enough for a walker/wheelchair?

 

    • Are door thresholds raised too high?

 

    • Is there space to maneuver while opening/closing doors?

 

    • Does the front door have a view panel?

 

    • Is so, is it at a proper height for you?

 

Floor surfaces

    • Is the surface safe? Non-slip?

 

    • Are there scatter rugs or door mats that may be dangerous?

 

    • If so are they obvious or marked in some way?

 

Steps/stairways/walkways

    • Are they in good repair? Smooth/safe surfaces?

 

    • Are there hand rails on both sides of stairway?

 

    • Is there grasping space for both knuckles and fingers on railings?

 

    • Are the stair treads deep enough for your whole foot?

 

    • Are there any hazardous open risers on stairs?

 

    • Would a ramp be feasible in any of these areas if it became necessary?

 

    • Are stairs clear of clutter?

 

    • Are stairs uneven in depth/height?

 

    • Are stairways poorly lighted?

 

Appliances/kitchen/bath

    • Is arrangement convenient and safe?

 

    • Can oven/refrigerator be opened easily?

 

    • Are stove controls easy to use?

 

    • Are they clearly marked?

 

    • Is counter height/depth good for you?

 

    • Can you sit while working?

 

    • Are door cabinet knobs easy to use?

 

    • Are faucets easy to use?

 

    • Do you have convenience items such as a garbage disposal?

 

    • A trash compactor?

 

    • A hand-held shower head?

 

    • Can you get in and out of tub/shower with ease?

 

    • Do you have bath/shower seat?

 

    • Are there grab bars where needed?

 

    • Are there non-skid mats or abrasive strips for footing?

 

    • Is there a light switch near entrance of the bathroom?

 

    • Is there an nightlight in the bathroom?

 

    • Is hot water heater regulated to prevent scalding/burning?

 

    • Are there towels, curtains or other items too close to range?

 

Bedroom

    • Is there a light/switch within reach of the bed?

 

    • Evidence of smoking near/in bed?

 

    • Heating pad/electric blanked in use in bed?

 

    • Is there a telephone within reach of bed?

 

Medicine cabinet

    • Is medicine kept in a locked cabinet?

 

    • Are there old/outdated medicines in the cabinet?

 

    • Is medication clearly marked?

 

Storage

    • Is storage located conveniently?

 

    • Is storage adequate and usable?

 

    • Can you easily reach closet items?

 

    • Have you maximized your storage space with innovative products?

 

Electrical outlets/switches/alarms

    • Are outlets/switches easy to turn on/off?

 

    • Are outlets properly grounded to prevent electrical shock?

 

    • Are extension cords in good condition?

 

    • Are they needed?

 

    • Do you have smoke detectors in all necessary areas?

 

    • Do you have an alarm system?

 

    • Is the telephone readily available for emergencies?

 

    • Are emergency numbers locate by the phone?

 

    • Is the telephone equipped for hearing enhancement if necessary?

 

    • Can you hear the doorbell in every part of the house?

 

    • Do you have a carbon monoxide detector?

 

Lighting/ventilation

    • Is lighting sufficient for purpose of area?

 

    • Is lighting bright enough for safety?

 

    • Do you have night lights where needed?

 

    • Is area well ventilated?

 

Driveway/garage

    • Is parking space available?

 

    • Is it convenient to entrance way?

 

    • Does garage door have an automatic opener?

 

    • Easily accessible lighting in/out of garage?

 

Gun safety

    • Are firearms kept in locked storage?

 

    • Are firearms and ammunition stored together?

 

    • Do firearms have safety locks?

 

Child safety concerns

    • Is home child-proofed?

 

    • Are outlet covers in place?

 

    • Are medicines, poisons and other hazards out of reach?

 

    • Are matches/lighters available?

 

Emergency plan

    • Do you have an emergency plan?

 

    • Do you have ladders or other escapes from upper floors?

 

    • Do you have a first aid kit?

 

    • Do you have working flashlights?

 

    • Do you have fire extinguishers?

 

    • Are house numbers visible from street?

 

Currently serving Omaha and surrounding areas, all Encompass services are directed by registered nurses or social workers with no long-term contracts. Contact us today for help with your senior care needs.

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