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:
Environmental Modifications and Handy Chore Services
Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging (SWIRCA)
The Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging has two home modification related services: 1) environmental modifications that are necessary to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the individual and enable functioning with greater independence in the home, and without which the individual would require institutionalization; and 2) “Handy Chore” services are minor home maintenance activities that help to ensure an individual’s health and safety in their home. These activities include installation of health and safety equipment such as handrails, ramps, deadbolts, smoke detectors, and locks.
REPAIRS (Reliable Experts Providing Accessibility, Independence, Rehabilitation, and Safety) Program
Area 10 Agency on Aging
A volunteer team provides no cost labor and information on the cost of materials. The resident pays with their own private funds, grants, or loans. REPAIRS also provides an annual Safe at Home Fair as part of Fall Prevention Awareness Week.
Safe at Home
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions
This extensive home modification program of the CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions Area Agency on Aging focuses on safety and fall prevention for low-income older adults and people with disabilities in Central Indiana. It includes a home assessment process and creative funding sources to address residents’ needs. CICOA case managers refer clients who need home modifications to the Safe at Home Program. Evaluations are conducted before and after the finished modifications. CICOA’s Safe at Home service targets the following housing features: non-slip floor surfaces, egress for access to the home with personal mobility products, wider doorways, lever-handle door knobs and faucets, higher or lower electrical outlets, and improved interior and exterior lighting. Additional home improvements provided by Safe at Home that promote accessibility and prevent falls include: adding grab bars, adding or repairing handrails in stairwells, leveling uneven floors, repairing faulty steps, installing wheelchair ramps, replacing bathtubs with roll-in showers or tub cut outs for easier access, and raising toilets. CICOA also hosts a Safe at Home event, which is an annual, high-impact, half-day of service to homeowners over the age of 60 or to persons of any age with a disability. The event coincides with Fall Prevention Awareness Week in September each year. The Safe at Home program relies on philanthropic funding for 100 percent of its revenue. CICOA continues to seek additional support from foundations which share a common interest in supporting this target population.