Rebuilding Together Sacramento Seeking Volunteers in El Dorado County
09/14/2015 04:47PM ● Published by David Norby
Many residents in El Dorado County are seniors or adults with disabilities, who are at risk due to multiple safety and health hazards in their homes. Rebuilding Together Sacramento recently expanded their Safe at Home program to the western slope of El Dorado County and is seeking volunteers. We are seeking both skilled and unskilled volunteers who can participate in our program in El Dorado County. Our Safe at Home program helps residents age safer at home, by installing safety and accessibility features, such as grab bars and shower and bath aids. These kinds of simple and often low-cost home safety modifications can reduce falls by 50% and also help to increase physical independence. The Safe at Home program is now available for free to qualified low-income households located on the western slope of El Dorado County, and is available for a reasonable fee for those above the income guidelines.
“We believe that all homeowners should live in a safe, comfortable and efficient house,” says David Grantham, Safe at Home program manager with Rebuilding Together Sacramento. “Our Safe at Home program helps residents age safer at home, by installing safety and accessibility features, such as grab bars and shower and bath aids. These kinds of simple and often low-cost home safety modifications can reduce falls by 50% and also help to increase their physical independence,” he adds.
Falls in the home are a critical health concern in the U.S., with one in three persons 65 and older experiencing a fall every year – with 50% of these falls occurring in the home. Rebuilding Together’s Safe at Home program includes an initial assessment of the home to identify environmental risk factors for falls, such as a lack of bathroom grab bars or stair rails, slippery rugs or needed repairs to improve safety or mobility for the homeowner. Trained and fully insured volunteer teams perform the repairs or safety modifications, under the supervision of a licensed contractor.
If you are interested or would like to know more about being a Rebuilding Together volunteer, please contact David Grantham at (916)455-1880 x 3.
If you would like to learn more about submitting an application for the Safe at Home program, please call (916) 455-1880 to find out if you or your family member is eligible.Rebuilding Together Sacramento is a non-profit that preserves and revitalizes homes and communities to ensure that people who are low-income, elderly, disabled or families with children, live independently in comfort and safety. For more information about Rebuilding Together or our Safe at Home program, contact Barbara Withers (916)455-1880 x 108 or visit our website at: www.rebuildingtogethersacramento.org