Have you fallen in the past year or do you know
In late 2018, Rebuilding Together Rogue Valley affiliated with the national Rebuilding Together organization (www.rebuildingtogether.org) whose complementary vision is: Safe Homes and Communities for Everyone and whose mission is: Repairing Homes, Revitalizing Communities, Rebuilding lives.
Rebuilding Together Rogue Valley’s Safe-at-Home program has been developed to help low-income seniors and persons with disabilities safely “age-in-place” as long as possible in their current homes. Preventing falls, improving accessibility and providing improved indoor air quality will save lives, save dollars (the cost of a major injury fall is in excess of $30,000) but also addresses the housing crisis in Southern Oregon but helping keep this vulnerable demographic from needed public housing or becoming homeless.
In Southern Oregon a many low-income senior are living independently but lack resources to make needed safety improvements. Their homes may be a single-family structure, a manufactured home or even an aging recreational vehicle.
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The successful four-year-old Fall-Risk and In-Home Safety and Accessibility assessment program which conducts an in-home evaluation of accessibility, trip hazards, bathroom safety and home environment safety (smoke/CO detectors, furnace filters, dryer vents, etc.).
RBT-RV proposes to evaluate the viability and effectiveness of an in-home air quality assessment and remediation program using a variation of the in-home assessment protocol already developed. If the program is deemed to have sufficient merit RBT-RV and if grants, corporate sponsorships and donations are received will carry out a pilot project. The program will provide assistance to at-risk residents needing modification or repairs to their home related to improving indoor air quality. Referrals for this program will come from local healthcare professionals currently treating individuals with respiratory issues that are most at risk from wildfire smoke. The scale of the pilot program will depend upon funds available. Each in-home assessment and remediation will cost approximately $500 for labor and materials.