4 Home Safety Checks to Perform Regularly at Your Elderly Loved One’s Home

May 6, 2016

Senior Care in Suffolk NY

You probably know that it’s a good idea to check your loved one’s home safety devices, like smoke alarms, every six months, but some aspects need more regular checking. You should add these safety checks to your to do list every month or so just to make sure that they’re still functional.

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

These two devices check for different hazards, but they work in similar ways. They also have similar testing methods. Usually there’s a button in the very center of the detector that you can use to test that the device is functioning properly. If you test the device and the alarm does not sound at all, the first thing to do is to change the batteries. Replace the detector if it still doesn’t work properly after a battery change.

Fire Extinguishers

Your loved one should have at least one fire extinguisher on every level of her home. Make sure that your loved one and anyone else who spends time in the home know exactly where each fire extinguisher is located. It helps to have a “cheat sheet” handy for senior care providers to use if necessary. Check the levels on the fire extinguishers regularly and if they’re suddenly low or don’t look right, replace the fire extinguishers.

Fire Safety Plan

While you’re checking the fire extinguishers, it’s a good time to double check your loved one’s fire safety plan. Make sure that your loved one knows where she can get out of the house and where she should go to wait for additional help. You should practice with fire drills regularly so that you can check for certain that your loved one and anyone else in the house are able to follow the plan correctly.

Hand Rails

Often family caregivers put up hand rails so that their elderly loved one can use them in the event of a fall, and then the rails get forgotten. Check them regularly to make sure that they’re still sturdy and that they’re secured to the wall properly. If you find any that are wobbly or that don’t feel secure for any reason, repair or replace them.

Safety checks are an ongoing issue, so don’t forget to add these to your calendar.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Suffolk, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!


Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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