Ceilings 2 Cellars Home Inspections

Home, Mold & Senior Safety Inspections

Senior Home Safety Network:

Senior Home Safety Inspections

PROGRAM GOAL

For a free in house presentation for your organization call;

215-589-4535

We recognize that more citizens are “living in place” as an alternative to group housing. Group housing can mean assisted living, MHMR residences, senior housing, high rise and other housing for persons less capable of maintaining the condition of their residence.

SAFE HOUSING IS OUR GOAL

Currently, many services are provided to assist in this “quality of life” decision to remain in the home. This program is a critical program needed in addition to those programs provided for home health care, provision of meals, transportation needs, assistance with financial and tax issues, and other areas of need.

 The Center for Disease Control has identified home hazards as a serious and significant factor on the health of Seniors and other at risk populations. A fall, fire, carbon monoxide or other event can end the ability of people to continue to “live in place”. Environmental conditions can trigger serious health decline in that population. As an example, mold can be the source of unnecessary medical costs and reduced quality of life for a respiratory patient.

Senior Home Safety Inspections are intended to provide the client, occupant, heath care providers, home services providers  and other responsible parties with objective information regarding the observed condition of the systems and components of the property. This information can be used to increase quality of life and reduce health care costs and better direct the care of the property occupants.


We Want Our Seniors to Stay in their Homes,

But Are We Keeping Their Homes Safe?

This winter there will be news stories about fires, carbon monoxide and other hazards taking the lives of senior citizens. Most seniors prefer to live in their own home with a lifetime of memories and the freedom to pick when to have a meal, watch TV or even go for a walk.  A national program, the Senior Home Safety Network (SHSN), is a network of home inspectors dedicated to keeping seniors safe in their homes.

The recent deaths of two seniors, Dorothy and Ingram of Allentown Florida was one such story. They passed away in their own home shortly after returning from church Thanksgiving week. Their story is tragic by itself, and even more tragic because it will happen to other vulnerable senior citizens somewhere today and then again tomorrow. Dorothy and Ward died in what is preliminarily believed to be an electrical fire caused by faulty wiring.  If you think that  this could not happen to your loved ones, you are wrong. More importantly, there is a need for  programs that can keep seniors safe in their homes.

We remember Walt Disney as the wonderful man who made us smile. He was on TV welcoming and entertaining our families every Sunday night. He was creator of some of the happiest places on earth. Yet, he was haunted with the burden that the home he bought for his parents killed his mother and almost killed his father.  Neal Gabler, in his book ‘Walt Disney’, relays the story of the home the Disney brothers bought for their parents. One of the features that sold them on that home was a wonderful “modern furnace.”  As soon as their parents moved into the home, the furnace began to malfunction. Walt sent a maintenance person from his studio to repair the furnace but the repairs were not properly made.   Soon after, Flora, his mother died in that home from carbon monoxide poisoning.

We know about programs to take them to the doctor, bring them food, and send in visiting nurses. We help seniors to stay in their homes ….but what are we doing to make sure that their homes are safe?  The Center for Disease Control states that home hazards are one of senior's most significant health risks.

As senior citizens age or become ill, it becomes more difficult to keep up with the demands of home ownership.  Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with the flu. Electrical hazards, frayed wires, bad extension cords or unsanitary plumbing conditions are ignored.  Walt Disney’s mother died from carbon monoxide in the home her sons bought for her. They never got over it. Would you?

Calling a contractor to repair or remodel an area is not a home safety inspection. Specialized contractors almost never look at safety hazards in the entire home.  The electrical contractor does not “see” the sewer or roof leak. Walt Disney’s repair man didn’t look past the question of “did the furnace turn on.”  Some contractors even defraud our seniors with bad, inappropriate or unneeded repairs.

The Senior Home Safety Network believes that: “The ironic thing is that most homes get inspected and repairs made when the home is sold. Think of it. The seniors live with unsafe conditions. Sometimes they result in injury, sometimes it diminishes their health. Roof or basement leaks can cause the mold that affects the lungs and the resident gets pneumonia which can lead to congestive heart failure. The loose rail results in the broken hip that is the injury that keeps the resident from returning to their home. In the end, the repairs will happen before a new owner moves into a home. Let’s identify the needs and have them fixed while it can improve the life of our seniors, not after they are gone.”

One of the difficulties of caring for seniors is that more adult children live away from their parents and do not realize the conditions of their parents’ homes. Even if they do, they do not have the time or knowledge to correct the home safety hazards.   

The Senior Home Safety Network performs a range of testing and inspections that addresses the needs of our seniors and other “staying in place” individuals.  Children living in any part of the country, can order testing and inspections across the country.   Additional information about the Home Safety Program is online at www.SeniorHomeSafetyNetwork.com. There are also other populations such as disabled or mentally challenged individuals now living in their homes that previously were forced to live in institutions or group homes that will be served by this program.   


Call today for pricing.  What value do you put on safety?

If you would like a free presentation of Senior Home Safety for your organization call 215-589-4535.