Nursing Home Safety Checklist

Environmental Safety

Are spills cleaned up immediately?

Are floors clutter/obstacle-free (with attention to the path between bed and bathroom)?

Are floors level (no step up or down into shower/bathroom)?

Are floors even-colored?

Are handrails distinctly different color from walls?

Are handrails and transfer poles clear for use?

Are locks on beds, stretchers, and wheelchairs secured?

Are furniture secured to the floor so there is a clear path around it?

Are chairs/benches placed strategically in hallways to provide a rest area for the elderly?

Are excess equipment/supplies/furniture removed from the rooms?

Are excess electrical and telephone wires secured?

Is safety around the bed environment (use of transfer poles/transfer assist rails) secured?

Is the call light placed and frequently used objects within the older adult's reach?

Is there adequate lighting, especially at night?

Are bathrooms large enough to bring in wheelchairs and walking aids?

Is there adaptive equipment in bathrooms (vertical, horizontal, diagonal grab bars near toilet and shower; raised toilet seat or commode; rubber-backed bath mat; shower seat; hand-held showerhead)?

Is the sink, toilet, soap and paper towel holder at low enough level to reach from wheelchair or standing?

Elderly Safety

Is the elderly oriented about surroundings, including bathroom, use of the bed, and location of call light?

Are older adults/families encourage to call for assistance when needed

Is properly fining nonskid footwear used?

Is ambulation assured as ordered?

Has the elderly's ability to interpret information been evaluated?

Have the potential medication side effects been evaluated?

Are assistive devices kept at the bedside and within reach?

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Additional Observations

Nursing Home Safety Inspector Name & Signature