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Home Exterior

  • Are both the curb and outside steps marked with a contrasting color to make them more visible?
    Dark steps marked with white tape to differentiate steps from floor Marking stairs with contrasting tape can help you see the edge of the steps.
  • Are glass doors marked with tape or some other marker to make them more visible?
  • If there is a wheelchair ramp, does it have a nonskid surface?

Home Interior

General items

Learn more about these tips in Lighting and Glare and Contrast.
  • Are entrance thresholds flush to the floor?
  • Is there contrast in the color of the doors and baseboards compared to the wall color?
  • Is there color and texture contrast in your floor coverings (such as carpet or tiles)?
  • Have window treatments been designed to control glare and maximize natural light?

Hallways

  • Is lighting uniform throughout? Is there glare in any area?
  • Does the lighting create any shadows?

Living Room

Learn more about these tips in the Living Room section.
  • Is there adequate lighting for reading, writing, sewing, or other tasks?
  • Is glare a problem? What about from mirrors? Flooring? Bright sunlight on glass tabletops?
  • Are throw rugs nonskid?
  • Is there furniture in the middle of the floor that could cause safety issues?
    brown couch with cream pillows Throw pillows in colors that contrast with the couch make furniture easier to see.
  • Are there designated locations to keep keys, TV remotes, and other small, easily misplaced items?
  • Is the TV located in a place where viewing isn’t affected by glare?
  • Have raised or brightly colored markings been applied to thermostats to make commonly used settings easy to find?

Bedroom

Learn more about these tips in the Bedroom section.
  • Is there adequate lighting for reading, writing, sewing, or other tasks?
  • Is glare a problem? What about from mirrors? Flooring? Bright sunlight on glass table tops?
  • Are throw rugs nonskid?
  • Is there furniture in the middle of the floor that could cause safety issues?
  • Are there designated locations to keep keys, TV remotes, and other small, easily misplaced items?
  • Is the TV located in a place where viewing isn’t affected by glare?
  • Have closets and drawers been organized to make it easy to match clothing?

Kitchen

Learn more about these tips in the Kitchen section.
  • Is there contrast in colors or textures on walls, wood work, floor coverings, and cabinet surfaces?
  • Have brightly colored or raised markings been applied to the stove and other appliances to facilitate cooking?
    Use a lining in your cabinets that contrasts in color to your plates. cupboard furnished with dark lining and white plates
  • Is there a system in place for organizing the cupboards and refrigerator items—such as the use of tactile markings, large-print lettering, or other means to identify cans, items in the refrigerator, or frozen food containers?
  • Has the kitchen been equipped with adaptive equipment, such as large-print or raised-line measuring cups and spoons, long oven mitts, liquid level indicators for pouring hot and cold liquids, color-contrast cutting boards, kitchen timers with large numbers, talking or tactile thermometers?
    Large timer. large timer with large white numbers on dark background
  • Are there tools or methods, such as large-print lists or magnification devices, for reading recipes and shopping lists?
  • Have all flammable or combustible items been removed from the cooking area?
  • Have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers been installed? Do you know how to use them?
  • Are cleaning products, insect sprays, etc., clearly labeled and safely stored?

Home Office

  • Is there a filing system for bills and important papers that is easy to follow? For example, are folders color coded, or do they have large-print or braille labels?
  • Is there a system for keeping track of appointments, important phone numbers, and addresses?
     Man using an envelope writing guide to address an envelope The envelope writing guide helps you address your mail.
  • Do you have a writing guide set with signature, letter-writing, and envelope writing guides, bold or raised line paper, and bold pens such as 20/20 pens?
  • Is there a good light available for close work?
  • Do you have a telephone with large-print numbers or tactile markings?
  • If you are using a computer, has it been adapted with screen magnification or speech?
  • Do you have devices such as magnifiers or scanners to enable you to read mail or other documents?
  • Do you have a calculator with large-print displays or speech?

Bathroom

Learn more about these tips in the Bathroom section.
  • Has color contrast been used effectively with walls, wood work, floor coverings, and cabinet surfaces? (An example of effective contrast would be placing dark towels against a light wall.)
    burgundy towels hung in white bathroom In your bathroom, hang towels that contrast with the wall color.
  • Are bathroom fixture handles, door handles, and soap dishes or dispensers in colors that contrast with surfaces and walls?
  • Has the hot water setting in the tub been marked so it can be identified by touch or through use of contrasting colors?
  • Is there sufficient and appropriate lighting in the bathroom?
  • Is there too much glare? White-tile bathrooms are particularly prone to glare.
  • Are there nonskid mats in the bathtub and on the floor?
  • Is the bathroom equipped with adaptive devices such as a talking scale, pill organizer, and magnifying mirror?
  • Is the mirror easily accessible without having to lean over a sink?
  • Have pill bottles been organized and identified properly with large-print, tactile, or color-coded labels?
  • Is the floor covering non-glare and non-slip?

Laundry Room

Learn more about these tips in the Laundry Room section.
  • Have brightly colored or raised markings been applied to the washer and dryer to facilitate their use?
  • Do you have a system for sorting your lights and darks, and for keeping matching socks together?
  • Is there a place to hang and sort clothing?
  • Are large-print or tactile measuring devices available to measure laundry detergent?
  • Are detergents and bleaching agents clearly marked?

Dining Area

Learn more about these tips in the Dining Room section.
  • Has the table setting been designed to maximize contrast between the tablecloth or placemats, plates, cups and silverware?
  • Have contrasting colors been used to differentiate the floor covering and tablecloth?
  • Can glare from windows be controlled?
This completes your home survey. If there are items that you have not been able to check off as accomplished or in place, please go to Lighting and Glare and Redesigning Your Home for tips on making necessary changes to help ensure a safe home environment.