Before you end up in the ER with a broken wrist from a fall in the bathroom, check your home for safety. It can make all the difference.
Do you have area rugs that could cause tripping? Make sure all the edges of all rugs are secured to the floor.
Is there a grab bar in the shower/tub area? Add two for even better security; one along the wall and one above the side of the tub to hold onto when entering or leaving.
Stay on your feet with non-slip decals on the floor of the tub or shower.
Remember the toilet could use a couple of those grab bars, or a safety frame to assist with rising and sitting.
Ever turn the handles on the faucet too far off, then sprayed yourself and the walls because you turned the handles too hard on again? Change your faucet with easy to move handles. (Same with the door, as well!)
Having a little trouble making out small writing? Mark those handles HOT and COLD in nice bold letters with a permanent marker.
Do your eyes take a lot longer to adjust to changing lighting at night? Keep a nightlight outside the bathroom door, and/or a motion-sensor light in the hall from the bedroom to bath.
What about that doorway? Is it large enough for a walker or wheelchair?
SOUND LIKE A “TO DO” LIST GREATER THAN YOUR ENERGY?
Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity’s Aging In Place program can help fix all of these issues.
“For older residents, our program offers the installation of handrails and grab bars, increased lighting, installing nonslip floors and removing thresholds and other improvements to enhance homeowner health and safety and enable them to continue to live independently and securely in their own home,” said Home Repair committee Chair Steve Neas.
“One of the most important housing issues we’ll face in the U.S. over the next 10 years will be the housing needs of older adults,” Lynn Leech, RAHfH executive director explained. “RAHfH wants to be part of the solution that helps people stay in their homes as long as they can – to enable them to ‘age in place.’”
In order to qualify for Habitat’s home repair program, an applicant must have been a resident of Rockbridge County for at least a year and earn 60% or less of area median income. The applicant must live in and hold clear title to the home and the mortgage and taxes must be paid up to date. Trailers may be eligible for some repairs.
Families who partner with RAHfH pay for repairs on a sliding scale based on their income.
They must also perform some form of sweat equity to support the project, ranging from physical labor to making lunch for volunteers.
CALL DONNA TYREE AT 540-463-3770 FOR AN APPLICATION TODAY.