Here’s a great checklist of helpful ways to keep your senior safe and sound:

  • Schedule an appointment to accompany your relative on his/her doctor visit.
  • Check to see if bills are being paid on time.
  • Get rid of excess clutter, particularly anything on the floor.
  • Check the refrigerator to see if there are expired foods. Many seniors end up with food poisoning because they don’t check labels.
  • Take care of minor maintenance tasks.
  • Make sure your relative can still drive safely by accompanying her on a short drive to a nearby storre.
  • Make sure the car has been inspected and is being properly maintained. Take care of any repairs, like changing the oil and checking the brakes and tires.
  • Check smoke detectors and replace the batteries if you’re unsure when they were last changed.
  • Go through each room of the home, the yard, and the garage thinking about safety, accessibility and adaptability.
  • Does the home seem relatively clean?
  • What is your relative’s mental state? Look for clues as to how your aging relative is feeling. Does he/she seem depressed? Anxious? Scared? Overwhelmed?


Lois Young-Tulin

Lois Young-Tulin, PhD, is an Assistant Geriatric Care Manager at Complete Care Strategies