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Safety Checklist for Your Home

It is important to keep your home as safe as possible after an acoustic neuroma. Here are some areas to focus on.

Floors

  • Decrease and remove clutter
  • Remove all loose wires, cords, and throw rugs
  • Make sure rugs are anchored with double-sided tape and smooth on the floor
  • Keep furniture in its usual place
  • Do not wax floors or use non-slip wax

Bathrooms

  • Install non-skid tape in the tub and shower
  • Install grab bars in the shower and tub and near the toilet
  • Do not use bath oil or creams in the tub or shower
  • Use a shower or tub chair if you are unsteady

Lighting

  • Make sure halls, stairways, and entrances are well lit and have switches at both ends
  • Install a night light in your bathroom, hall, and bedroom

Kitchen

  • Install non-skid rubber mats near sink and stove
  • Keep drawers and cupboards closed to avoid bumping into them
  • Place items within easy reach

Stairs

  • Make sure treads, rails, and rugs are secure
  • Install handrails on both sides of the stairs

Bedroom

  • Keep a flashlight and telephone in easy reach of the bed
  • Place something sturdy next to the bed to help you get in and out
  • If you have trouble walking to the bathroom at night, use a commode by your bedside so you will not have to walk to the bathroom
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