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.


    • 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?



    • 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?



    • 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?



    • 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?



    • 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?



    • Is lighting sufficient for purpose of area?


    • Is lighting bright enough for safety?


    • Do you have night lights where needed?


    • Is area well ventilated?



    • 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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