1. To locate the Area Agency on Aging in your state, please contact Eldercare Locator at https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx
2. Data Brief: Building Community Capacity to Serve Older Adults: The Role of Area Agencies on Aging in Home Modifications and Repairs
This Data Brief highlights key findings from the 2019 National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging on how Area Agencies on Aging are providing and funding home modification and repair activities. It was developed by the USC Fall Prevention Center of Excellence in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging as part of the Administration for Community Living project, “Promoting Aging in Place by Enhancing Access to Home Modifications.”
3. Featured Efforts:
A Brush with Kindness
Habitat for Humanity – Maui
A Brush with Kindness, a program of Habitat for Humanity Maui, assists low-income homeowners with maintaining the exterior and interior of their homes. Volunteers help revitalize the condition of homes through small projects such as painting, patching, minor repair, landscaping, or replacement of materials for the purposes of maintaining good and sound condition. Wheelchair ramp construction is considered as well.
Stay on Your Feet: Falls Prevention Volunteer Program
Na Hoaloha – Maui
Na Hoaloha of Maui matches volunteer caregivers to older adults to enable them to remain in their homes and independent. Services include friendly visits, telephone reassurance, transportation, in-home respite for family caregivers, and Stay on Your Feet. Stay on Your Feet volunteers assist residents with identifying factors in their home that may contribute to falls through a free in-home fall risk assessment. The volunteers also conduct education and outreach to educate the public about the impact of falls. Stay on Your Feet has developed a self-evaluation tool for fall risk.
Thrive for Life
Thrive for Life is a private home modification company founded by two occupational therapists serving the islands of Hawaii. They utilize a 7-step process with their clients that includes performing comprehensive home assessments. Then, they work with draftsmen, contractors and designers to determine appropriate modifications. Thrive for Life guides their clients through the process including collecting contractor bids, filing for permits and conducting a comprehensive post-construction assessment where they observe the client in their new space.