Rhonda Roberts and her husband Craig, owners of Creed Daily Living, have 20 years of experience in the medical equipment business. They realize that adult children often have a difficult time approaching their senior parents about the touchy subject of living safely in a home they may have owned for many years. The staff personally visits clients and conducts an objective home safety survey, to ensure that potential hazards can be identified and addressed.
“I am a certified Senior Home Safety Specialist and am on the national advisory board for Age Safe America,” Rhonda says. “Studies show that the majority of people over the age of 65 want to stay in their own home. However, 95% of them have not done anything to make sure their home is safe and appropriate for their situation.”
A 240-point survey is applied to all aspects of a senior’s home, and includes not only the inside, but also outside areas like driveways. Simple factors that are often overlooked, such as the risk of tripping over throw rugs, can be detected. Sometimes it becomes clear that home modifications, such as the widening of doorways to accommodate wheelchairs, are necessary.
Other needs identified might include the removal of sharp objects or stools. Often lighting should be improved and additional handrails installed. Sometimes drawers can be labeled to diminish confusion.
Prices for Creed Daily Living’s senior home safety program vary from $199 to $299 depending on the size of the home.
“First we sit down and establish rapport with the homeowner,” Rhonda says. “We find that people don’t know where to start in making sure their home is safe. Because of our years of experience we can provide contacts to handymen or construction companies, as well as recommendations to home care companions and health care companies.”