Imagine if a broken step could keep you from being able to leave your home. Or if you needed a handrail to navigate stairs – and without that handrail you can only enjoy one level of a two-story home. If you’re able-bodied, these things might not mean much to you – but for those with mobility issues a few improvements can be life-changing… or even life-saving.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans aged 65 and over falls each year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is receiving treatment in the emergency room for a fall and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
Through our In-Home Services Program we see how installing a grab bar can help a person shower without needing assistance. How something as simple as a handrail can help a person leave their home to run errands or exit during an emergency.
We can provide minor carpentry repairs to small areas of stairs and porches, provide and install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and replace difficult to reach light bulbs with energy efficient CFL bulbs. With the help of over 150 volunteers a year, we are able to serve participants much more quickly and efficiently than we otherwise could.
These changes can help alleviate the constant stressed caused by mobility issues and poverty, allowing them to keep their independence, lower their energy costs and enjoy a safer and more livable home. We speak with clients about what they need in their home, and serve them with the compassion and thoughtfulness they deserve.