Home Repairs

Ninety percent of senior adults plan to remain at home.
Trouble is, home repairs and weatherization often gets neglected.

Home Maintenance Checks

Monthly checks:

  • Check home security system
  • Check to be sure windows and doors securely lock
  • Wash windows to maintain a good view of outside surrounding
  • Maintain your yard (mow grass, pull weeds, pick up garbage, rake leaves)
  • Maintain your yard (mow grass, pull weeds, pick up garbage, rake leaves)
  • Check for burnout bulbs on outdoor lighting and motion sensor lighting
  • Check water filter, conditioner, and/or well system, add more minerals as needed
  • Clean out clothes washer and dryer lint filter
  • Check heating and air conditioner filters
  • Survey tub, shower, sink faucet for leaks and repair as needed
  • Clear clutter from floors in every room
  • Tape down rugs
  • Add handrails, grab bars, and anti-skid tape to stairsteps
  • Check for burned-out bulbs on night lights and motion sensor lighting
  • Clean out the refrigerator and dispose of expired foods

Home Repair Survey

APPLIANCES, KITCHEN, BATHROOM

  • Are cabinet doorknobs easy to use?
  • Are stove controls easy to use and clearly marked?
  • Are faucets easy to use?
  • Are there grab bars where needed?

DOORS, WINDOWS

  • Are your doors and windows easy to open and close?
  • Are your door locks sturdy and easy to operate?
  • Are your doors wide enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair?
  • Do your doors have peepholes or viewing?

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS, SWITCHES, SAFETY DEVICES

  • Are light or power switches easy to turn on and off?
  • Are electrical outlets easy to reach?
  • Are the electrical outlets properly grounded to prevent shocks?
  • Are your extension cords in good condition?
  • Can you hear the doorbell in every part of the house?
  • Do you have smoke detectors throughout your home?
  • Do you have an alarm system?
  • Is the telephone readily available for emergencies?
  • Would you benefit from having an assistive device to make it easier to hear and talk on the telephone?

FLOORS

  • Are all of the floors in your home on the same level?
  • Are steps up and down marked in some way?
  • Are all floor surfaces safe and covered with non-slip or non-skid materials?
  • Do you have throw rugs or doormats that could be hazardous?

Some area agencies on aging (AAA) have programs or links to services that assist older people to obtain home modifications. Locate your local AAA using the Eldercare Locator below.