Welcome to SeniorSafetyAdvice.com! We are so glad you are here and we truly do look forward to helping you. If you are an older adult looking to age in place as safely as possible or just searching for new technology to help make your life easier and safer – we are here to help. If you are a caregiver of a senior loved one – we’ve been there and we are here to help you too!
We hope to fill the pages on this website with all the information you are asking for about growing older in your home, about caregiving for seniors (especially older parents) and about issues related to senior living in general.
Whether you are the one growing older or you are the caregiver for someone – we look forward to giving you the tools and resources you could use to make this adventure as smooth and easy as possible.
A Little Bit About Robin and Esther
Robin Schiltz and Esther Kane have been friends since 7th grade – that’s about 47 plus years ago! It’s a friendship that has lasted through marriages, children and multiple careers.
We were both caregivers to our own parents for years until they passed away and now we work with our friends and other family members to help them take care of their senior loved ones.
Together, we decided that we wanted to put our combined experience and knowledge into one resource for so many others who are going through what we already went through with our parents. We are also getting much, much closer to being “seniors” ourselves and we’re becoming acutely aware of how we need to begin changing our lives and environment to make it easier and safer for us and our families.
And that’s how SeniorSafetyAdvice.com began!
Esther C. Kane
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. I was an Occupational Therapist (OT) for many years and specialized in adults with neurological impairments such as stroke, head injury, dementia, etc.
The training that I received in working with adults gave me extensive experience in home safety assessments and a great knowledge base in the type of home modifications needed to help older adults to be safe in their home environments..
In 1997 I wrote a CEU (Continuing Education) course for OT’s, PT’s and Speech Pathologists titled Understanding And Treating The Geriatric Patient: An Overview for Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists. This was published by the National Academy For Continuing Education. Consultations to the course were provided by Physical Therapy and Speech Language Pathologists.
For the next few years I wrote, published and sold up to 12 CEU courses for Occupational Therapists through my own company.
In 2000, I began to search for a new career and found one in website design and SEO (search engine optimization). In March 2000 I began a new company, Eckweb Designs, Inc. and specialized in Internet Marketing for small businesses.
I am so very proud to say that I have successfully worked with hundreds of small business owners to help make their websites and businesses as successful as possible.
I continue to own and operate Eckweb Designs, Inc. but as I am now so very close to the official age of being a “senior”, I am again looking to branch out to a new career. (What can I say, I love the idea of an active retirement!)
In 2018, I asked my very long time friend, Robin, to work on SeniorSafetyAdvice.com with me and she agreed! So here we are, embarking on this new venture which will hopefully give you (whether you are a senior or a caregiver) the information and tools you need to age well and safely.
In 2019 I became certified as a Senior Home Safety Specialist through the Age Safe America organization. I wanted to brush up my skills in home safety assessments and this helped me to do just that!
As a hands-on caregiver for both of my parents (who lived to the ages of 89 and 98, respectively!), I know first-hand how rewarding, yet challenging it can be to care for an elderly family member.
My caregiving journey began the day I went to see my elderly parents for lunch and noticed my mom was slurring her words. Fearing that she was having a stroke, we made a mad dash to the Emergency Room. Four days and about a million tests later, she was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme. That’s fancy doctor-speak for a “terminal brain tumor.” Mom was given 4 – 6 weeks to live, but we were blessed to have her for almost more three months.
Our lives had upended in a matter of seconds, and I was woefully unprepared to assume a caregiving role. I had no idea what resources existed for my parents, what future needs she or my then-93-year-old father would have, or how I was going to help her and Dad through her illness. As they say, I jumped in with both feet and learned on the fly. That’s why I am so passionate about providing practical information and useful solutions for seniors through SeniorSafetyAdvice.com.
I am a military wife (married to Mike – U. S. Air Force, retired, after 20 years of service) and the proud mom of two great (adult) kids. I’m also a breast cancer survivor, a romance author, a runner with one marathon and numerous half marathons under my running belt, and a fabric artist – which means I design and hand paint on silk.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, Indiana) and an AAS in Dental Hygiene from Pueblo Community College in Pueblo, Colorado. I’ve been in the dental field for more than three decades and have worked as a dental hygienist for more than twenty of those years (which means I am also passionate about getting people to floss!).
In 2018, my life-long friend, Esther, approached me with the idea of co-founding SeniorSafetyAdvice.com and this website was born. I’m excited to share what I learned while caregiving and eager to help seniors and their caregivers find answers to the numerous questions that come up during the aging process.
In 2019 I became certified as a Senior Home Safety Specialist through the Age Safe America organization.