@MarcF886938 Hi Mark! In addition to the great resources Jen shared with you, AARP has a terrific Homefit Guide - click on that and you'll find the landing page where there are numerous other links, resources, worksheets you can download and you can download a copy of the Homefit Guide (or order a print copy be mailed to you - you might want to do both and share the print copy with your Mom as it has some great illustrations of options to make the home better and safer).
The guide has super simple things to highlight what you can do in each room of the hous, including steps and stairways, bathrooms, laundry room, living room and bedroom, garage, outside etc.
Just make your motto "safety first" and you'll do great! But comfort and quality of life are also very important. For example, if it's important to her to do her own laundry, make sure she can comfortably put clothes in the washer and dryer. Raising up front loading appliances might be helpful.
I also included an entire chapter about caring for loved ones at home in my book, Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving, and that chapter also includes info on who can help you assess the home in person. There is also a checklist for home modifications and "smart" (or universal) design.
Fall prevention is the first step - and it's important to remember that means home modifications from simple things like clearing clutter and removing throw rugs, to increasing lighting, adding handrails, moving the laundry to the main floor, looking out for stray electric cords or other tripping hazards, changing the type of chair your mom sits in (one with arms and not too low is easier to get up out of - at some point a lift chair may be helpful too), and also using technology like monitors and alerts and motion sensors.
A medical alert system (to detect falls or call for help) is usually the first step for home safety, so if she doesn't have one of those here is my column about how to choose one, How Caregivers Choose a Medical Alert System. If she is still going out in the community I highly recommend one that includes GPS so it is effective wherever she goes.
Hope these are helpful resources for you - please let me know if you have any more questions - and share other resources you find too - that's helpful for everyone!
Amy Goyer, AARP Family & Caregiving Expert
Author, Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving and
Color Your Way Content When Caring for Loved Ones