Many low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, struggle to maintain their homes. Due to economic pressures, they often have to forego repairs, leave smoke detectors unattended, and face increasing risk of a devastating fall in the absence of safety rails. RTO|EB's Safe at Home project puts volunteers to work to assess and correct problem areas, making homes safer and keeping neighborhoods stable by allowing low-income residents to remain in their homes.
RTO|EB has worked since 1993 to rejuvenate diverse neighborhoods by rehabilitating homes and nonprofit facilities in low-income communities throughout the Oakland/East Bay (California) area. With just four full-time staff members (and relationships with dozens of community partners), we have mobilized and trained more than 15,000 volunteers to improve safety in more than 3,000 homes and community sites. Our Safe at Home project, begun in 2006, has made living spaces safer for hundreds of low-income homeowners (largely seniors). We use experts to guide all work; our Project Lead is a certified home inspector with many years of experience in home rehabilitation, and licensed home repair specialists lead our teams of community volunteers. This project complements our other building programs, which together support our mission of repairing homes, revitalizing communities, and rebuilding lives.
RTO|EB plans to complete 60-80 Safe at Home projects in the next year to reduce the risk of serious injury among low-income senior homeowners. For each home, staff and volunteer teams will: 1) conduct a comprehensive inspection to determine home safety needs; 2) repair fall hazards (e.g., stairs, rugs) and install equipment such as railings, grab-bars, shower seats, handheld showerheads, toilet risers, non-skid mats, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and night lights; and 3) educate homeowners about home safety and the proper use and maintenance of their new equipment.
We survey homeowners on completion of each Safe at Home project to assess whether the work met their needs and expectations, whether they would recommend our services to others, and whether those who worked in their home were knowledgeable and respectful. Staff and project volunteers also evaluate projects for lessons learned to allow continuous improvement. In addition, because our work has an education component, evaluation includes ensuring that each resident understands how to take full advantage of the improvements to their home to ensure their ongoing safety. Finally, we evaluate whether homes have more severe maintenance issues (e.g., wiring, heating, water or sewage systems) that go beyond this project's scope. We then either address those issues through one of our other home rehabilitation programs or waitlist them for future services.
It's Christmas in July! Help us raise funds during our 65 hour event; July 10th starting at 7:00am through July 12th at midnight (central time). All of the funds raised during this time will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $5,000) by the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. 100% of the funds raised will go towards local seniors through education, resources and programs such as Be a Santa to a Senior® program!
HELP of Southern Indiana is the non-profit that helps fund Be a Santa to a Senior® program and to give back to local seniors in our community. The purpose of this community service program Be a Santa to a Senior® is to positively impact the community by providing holiday cheer and gift giving to seniors who are least likely to receive a present during the holiday season, are lonely, and are financially challenged.
HELP of Southern Indiana's primary mission is to educate the community on healthcare resources available to you one person at a time. The "HELP" in HELP of Southern Indiana stands for Healthcare Education Learning Partners. We are a 501C3, not for profit organization located in Southern Indiana. The HELP Group contains an experienced group of volunteer healthcare professionals who choose to collaborate and provide education and resources in a complicated world of healthcare. Our Members are passionate about the healthcare resources and information available to the people in the community.
We hope you make a donation of your choice online between July 10th at 7am through July 12th at midnight (central time) to help support programs and resources to local seniors!
This program allows for the organization to pay for trained caregivers to come into the homes of people with Parkinson's disease to provide assistance to the individual with the disease or to offer respite for the family member. This is done on a sliding scale basis and allows low income families or individuals to have access to services they might not otherwise be able to receive. Eligible clients receive up to 20 hours of service a week and may pay as little as $3.00 per hour. The subsidized respite program has been an integral program to many in the Houston area who need relief and help as they face direct challenges to their activities of daily living brought on by Parkinson's disease.
by Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound (CASA) of Madison County
Clients, family members, and caregivers contact us to help them address their aging issues and concerns. Our staff provides each client with a home visit to assess their individual situation, conduct a home safety check, and then provide each client with their own care management plan. CASA's goal is to provide needed direct services, at no cost to our clients, allowing them to remain in their own homes. We receive no reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid, or insurance providers. We depend on local donations and community volunteers who deliver our services. The average CASA client's income is $1,010/month.
The concept of aging in place in its simplest form is growing older without having to move. It allows our local residents to remain as independent as they possible can, regardless of their abilities, in homes that are safe and secure. That is the foundation of CASA's Aging in Place program. All assistance is provided at no cost to our clients, and CASA receives no reimbursement fees for any of these services. CASA currently serves 2,267 seniors and homebound citizens.
CASA's Aging in Place program currently offers the following services:
Wheelchair Ramps, CASA Vegetable Garden, Grab Bars and Handrails, Safety Net Health Care Services, Friendly Visiting/Telephone Reassurance,
TEMP$ (Taking Energy Measures Personally = $avings), Information and Referral, Weather Assistance (A/Cs, fans), Transportation to Medical Appts.
Purpose: CASA's two primary areas of concern for our clients are safety and accessibility. Grab bars installed in and outside of their tub/shower by trained volunteers can prevent falls. For those who can no longer stand (for showering) or get up and out of the bathtub, a shower chair or tub transfer bench can make all the difference. This durable medical equipment (DME) is not covered by Medicare insurance and without CASA, most of our clients would be unable to purchase it, thus placing them at risk for falls.
Accessibility is the other barrier for many disabled or elderly clients. Going out to their mailbox can be fraught with safety concerns, especially if their front steps are without a handrail. CASA volunteers can also eliminate this risk for wheelchair-bound clients by constructing wheelchair ramps.