One of the most common problems people face, including your friends and neighbors, is living in a home that has become uncomfortable, unsafe, and no longer matches their needs or abilities.
It doesn’t have to be this way! Homes can be updated, often in easy and inexpensive ways that make them more suitable for all residents. Simple, easy-to-do home improvements can go a long way in helping someone remain safe and comfortable in their home. By following the checklists which contain simple improvements, you’ll make your friends’ and neighbors’ everyday lives easier.
In an hour or so you can use this guide to help your neighbors use a simple checklist of no-cost and low-cost home improvements. Actually doing the updates can be as quick as installing a higher-wattage light bulb – a simple change that can help someone maintain his or her independence at home.
Eighty-nine percent of Americans 45+ have told AARP they want to stay in their current home and community as they grow older.
Great Reasons to Do This Project
STEP 1: CHOOSE ONE OR MORE PEOPLE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASSIST
Call a friend or neighbor who might be interested in some help to make their home safer and more comfortable. Those that could benefit from this help include seniors, those with small children and pets, and/or people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
STEP 2: SCHEDULE A VISIT
Schedule a quick safety walk-through and review the No-Cost/Low-Cost Home Safety Checklist with the resident. Do as many of the no-cost changes as the resident is comfortable making. Offer to review the rest of the list so that they can think about whether or not other improvements are necessary.
STEP 3: LEAVE A COPY OF THE CHECKLIST
Leave a copy of the No Cost/Low Cost Home Safety checklist with the home owner so that s/he has time to reflect and consider more ideas for making her/his home safer and more comfortable.
STEP 4: WANT TO DO MORE?
Remember, you can always print additional copies of the checklist at www.aarp.org/homesafety and distribute them to other friends and neighbors. You may also want to consider taking FEMA's IS-909 free online training, which includes a module on building a personal support network.
STEP 5: INSPIRE OTHERS ON CREATETHEGOOD.ORG!
KEEP UP THE GOOD!
Remember: Whether you’ve got five minutes, five hours or five days, you can make a positive impact in your community. And if you have more time, consider organizing another service activity, finding local opportunities and posting your events at www.CreateTheGood.org.
No-Cost/Low-Cost Home Safety Checklist
Whether you own or rent your home, there are many no-cost or low-cost improvements you can make to greatly increase its comfort and safety. Discover how simple updates can make it easier for you to stay comfortable, independent, and injury-free. Begin with this checklist of things you can do quickly and easily for little to no cost.
No-Cost Home Improvements
Learn more about home fire safety planning and prevention at http://www.ready.gov/home-fires.
Low-Cost Home Improvements (With Products Costing Under $35)
Home Improvements (With Products Costing Under $75)
* These items may best be installed by a professional.
“The Home Fit Guide” is available online and includes information and tips to keep your home in top form for comfort and safety. Visit www.aarp.org/housing for this publication and more.
AARP’s Create The Good encourages everyone to make a difference in the lives of others. Share your experiences with “Home Safety Tips and Tools” by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and find other ways to help in your community at CreateTheGood.org
Making Home Safer – www.aarp.org/home-garden/housing/info-05-2009/ginzler_home_safe_home.html
Make Your Entrances and Exits Safe – www.aarp.org/home-garden/home-improvement/info-11-2008/entrances_exits_checklist.html
Make Your Home’s Bathrooms Safe – www.aarp.org/home-garden/home-improvement/info-05-2009/bathroom_checklist.html
30 Safety Tips for 30 Days – www.aarp.org/home-garden/housing/info-06-2010/30_safety_tips.html