Print this list and answer the following questions for each room/area of the house.
|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?
|If so, is it at a proper height for you?
|Is the surface safe? Non-slip?
|Are there scatter rugs or door mats that may be dangerous?
|Are there changes in levels?
|If so, are they obvious or marked in some way?
|Are they in good repair? Smooth/safe surfaces?
|Are there handrails 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?
|Would a ramp be feasible in any of these areas if it became necessary?
|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?
|Is hot water heater regulated to prevent scalding/burning?
|Is storage located conveniently?
|Is storage adequate and usable?
|Can you easily reach closet items?
|Have you maximized your storage space with innovative products?
|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?
|Is the telephone equipped for hearing enhancement if necessary?
|Can you hear the doorbell in every part of the house?
|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?
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