Torrance Home Instead Senior Care Helps Keep South Bay Seniors Safe With Free Smoke Detector Installation

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Torrance Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Mr. & Mrs. Handyman of Torrance to offer seniors in the South Bay free smoke detector installation during July, August and September. The smoke detectors and installation are free while supplies last. If you know a senior who needs a smoke detector, please contact Farrah Benedict at 310-542-0563 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mon-Fri.

Many seniors may not realize a fire has started. They may have difficulty walking and can easily become disoriented and not know how to escape. Our goal is to give back to the senior community and add an extra measure of safety for them while also removing the burden of getting the smoke detector properly installed.

Torrance Home Instead Senior Care is partnering with Mr. & Mrs. Handyman of Torrance to help keep seniors safe by offering free smoke detector and free installation while supplies last. Anyone who knows a senior in need of a smoke detector can call Home Instead at 310-542-0563. The company will provide the smoke detectors and coordinate installation with Mr. & Mrs. Handyman.

"Seniors are at especially high risk during a fire," said Denise de Cock, RN, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Torrance, Palos Verdes and Marina del Rey. "Many seniors may not realize a fire has started. They may have difficulty walking and can easily become disoriented and not know how to escape. Our goal is to give back to the senior community and add an extra measure of safety for them while also removing the burden of getting the smoke detector properly installed."

The installer, Mr. & Mrs. Handyman, is based in Torrance and has more than 30 years experience in home repair and remodeling. "We wanted to support Home Instead with this program because we also believe in our community and it was a great way to help seniors," said Doug Bernhardt, co-owner of Mr. and Mrs. Handyman with his wife Cindy.

According to the United States Fire Administration, older adults run a risk that is 2.5 times higher of dying in a fire than younger people. Seniors also suffer a higher number of fire related injuries. Most seniors who lost their lives or were injured by fires were in their bedroom sleeping when the fire broke out. Seniors often suffer from illnesses or disabilities that limit their mobility, making escape from a fire more difficult.

Here are additional risk factors for seniors that increase the possibility of fire related injuries or fatalities:

  •     Diminished mental facilities due to depression, dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
  •     Slower reaction times
  •     A reduction in vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste.
  •     Medications that may affect a senior's quick decision-making ability
  •     Economic situations may cause some seniors to use dangerous space heaters, candles or cooking methods. They may be unable to pay for necessary home repairs involving electrical problems.
  •     Many elderly people live alone.

About Home Instead Senior Care, Torrance
Home Instead Senior Care/Torrance provides in-home senior care to clients in the South Bay, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering an unmatched level of integrity, trustworthiness and responsiveness. It is the only senior care provider in the South Bay with a comprehensive hiring and training program that ensures high quality care and reliable, personalized client service that consistently goes above and beyond expectations.

Through ongoing relationships with local senior care nonprofits, agencies, medical centers, assisted living facilities and other senior service providers, Home Instead Senior Care/Torrance has become the most informed source for senior care in the South Bay.

For more information, call 1-800-FOR SENIORS or visit http://www.homeinstead.com/286.

About Mr. & Mrs. Handyman

With more than 30 years experience in home repair and remodeling, Mr. & Mrs. Handyman is owned by a husband and wife team who deliver "two on one" personalized service to their customers. They have been featured as experts on the TV program Flip That House and have extensive experience in all types of home renovation and repair. Their staff includes specialists in plumbing, electrical and carpentry: all have well-rounded, long-term experience in repair and remodeling. The company is located at 22771 Western Ave, Torrance, and can be reached at 310-782-8282.    

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