Local organization offers free home improvements to prevent common fall hazards

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif., February 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — According to the CDC, one in four adults age 65 and older falls each year, and one in five falls results in serious injuries such as broken bones or head injuries. Coupled with local COVID-19 ordinances and a competitive housing market, many seniors feel like they don’t have enough safe housing options. A grassroots program, “Dignity at Home” launched by the Marin Center for Independent Living (Marin CIL), is an ambitious falls prevention program to address this critical health issue by providing people with a free option to improve their living spaces. current. .

“We must ensure that the elderly and people with disabilities can live and stay in their homes,” says Matthew Estiponacommunity organizer at Marin CIL, “As Marin County struggles to address the housing shortage for our community, Dignity At Home is helping people stay in their homes…and should serve as a reminder that future units must be able to welcome the diverse and pressing needs of all Marine inhabitants.”

Dignity at Home is free for Marin County people living with a disability and/or over the age of 60 and at risk of falls at home. To be eligible, applicants must have an annual family income not exceeding $119,980. It includes a wide range of home modification packages for renters and homeowners, such as installing grab bars, providing shower seats, fixing broken or uneven wooden steps, replacing carpets and the installation of railings, all free of charge.

In a county where quality of life and active lifestyles are celebrated, it’s easy to overlook the daily challenges faced by many Marine residents, including housing issues. Disabled and mobility-impaired people often live with the stress of simply moving around their homes. Dignity at Home alleviates this worry, with 95% of participants reporting a greater sense of security and confidence.

“My biggest fear was falling,” says Joanne Sainte-Pierre, a Novato resident now able to move around her own home with confidence. “Installing grab bars may not seem like much, but it’s been a huge comfort. I appreciate it every day.”

Marin CIL is committed to making applications as easy as possible. Interested candidates can access the application directly online at marincil.org/dignity-at-home or contact McNair TonicAssistive Technology Advocate at (415) 459-6245 x20 to apply by phone.

“Our goal is to make you feel safe and stable in your place of residence in a simple and accessible way. The request can be made by telephone with us in three minutes”, assures Estipona.

ON MARINE CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
The Marin Center for Independent Living (Marin CIL) provides services and support to people living with disabilities and those aging with disabilities. Since 1979, Marin CIL has been the leading community-based, peer-led disability justice organization for At Marin communities of access and functional needs. Learn more at marincil.org.

SOURCE Marine Center for Independent Living

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