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AARP Home Fit

Is Your Home 'Home Fit'?

Ask yourself these questions about where you live

AARP Home Fit Guide

All types of homes can be lifelong homes. — Getty Images

Before we begin our guided tour of how a home can be a lifelong home, let’s take a look at where you live. Answer “Yes,” “No” or “Sort of” to the following questions. (Skip any that don’t apply or you’re unsure about.) You can use Worksheet #1: Is My Home “Home Fit”? (PDF) to record your responses.

1.    Is there at least one step-free entrance into the home?

2.    Is there a bedroom, full bathroom and kitchen on the main level?

3.    Are the doorways in the home at least 36” wide?

4.    Are the hallways in the home at least 42” wide?

5.    Is there a lever-style faucet in the kitchen?

6.    Can a kitchen countertop be used as a work surface while
       seated?

7.    Are the kitchen cabinets and shelves easy to reach?

8.    Are there secure handrails on both sides of the stairs?

9.    Are the staircases well-lighted? (Can you see what’s in front of
       you and on the floor beneath you?)

10.  Are the hallways well-lighted?

11.   Is the exterior walkway, entrance and stoop or porch well-lighted?

12.   Is the residence's number clearly visible from the street?

13.   Are the exterior walkways free of tripping hazards?

14.   Is the entrance door easy for you to unlock, lock, open and
       close?

15.   Do all exterior doors have deadbolt locks?

16.   Does the entrance door have a security peephole or viewing panel?

17.   Are the exterior door thresholds easy to see (so no one trips)?

18.   Do all area rugs have non-slip grips to prevent tripping or slipping?

19.   Is the carpeting on the stairs secure and in good condition?

20.   Are the switches that control stairway light fixtures located at both the top and bottom of the stairs?

21.   Are electrical or telephone cords placed in spots a person might walk or step?

22.   Do I have a step stool with non-slip steps and a grip handle?

23.   Are the bathroom cabinets and shelves easy to reach?

24.   Does the bathroom have lever-style rather than handle-style faucets?

25.   Are there non-slip grips or non-slip mats on the bottom of bathtubs and/or showers?   

26.   Is there “blocking” (e.g. a wood stud or other solid surface) behind the bathroom walls so grab bars
       can be securely installed in the bathtub, shower and toilet areas?

27.   Is the hot water heater set at 120o F?

28.   Is there a fire extinguisher within easy reach of the oven or cooktop?

29.   Are there smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of the home? (Can a detector alarm be
        heard in every bedroom?)

30.   Is a telephone easily accessible on each floor of the home?

Page published October 2014

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