In concert with AFI’s Fall-Risk and In-Home Safety and Accessibility Assessment, Age-Friendly Innovators has created the Grandma’s Porch Fund to help adults on modest, fixed incomes with the purchase and installation of items that will keep them safer in their homes. With seed funding from Washington Federal Foundation and a supporting grant from Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Age-Friendly Innovators is able to provide, at no cost, those items the older adult needs to reduce fall risk and enhance in-home safety. AFI engages licensed and bonded “handymen” to carry out the actual installations.
In most instances, the items provided cost less than $400 in total and include:
- Bathroom grab bars
- Tub and shower benches with arms
- Toilet risers with arms
- CO Detectors
- Night lights and emergency lighting
- Carpet tape to secure loose rugs
Grandma’s Porch Fund will help eliminate fall hazards and increase in-home safety for hundreds of low income elders in the Rogue Valley and may serve as a model for the development of similar programs in other areas of the country. In 2012 the direct medical cost of older adult (age 65 and older) falls, adjusted for inflation, was $30 billion. according to U.S. government data.
This project is in coordination with Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity, ACCESS, Rogue Valley Council of Governments Senior & Disability Services as well as other local organizations serving low income older adults.
I want to thank both you and Howard for your assistance in making my home safer and more accessible for me. Every time I use the stairs I appreciate having the handrail to help keep my balance. I can get in and out of the shower with increased confidence. These are just two examples of everyday activities that I did not predict would be so much of a problem, especially at the age of 63. I can only shudder to think of the challenges in another 10-20 years! Thank you. Susan Hughes
Thank you for your wonderful work…you guys are so amazing…safety angels! Toni Ann Wallick, Rogue Valley Council of Governments/Oregon Project Independence Service Coordinator.
Thank you so much for making my life so much better! The bars, the light bulbs, the chair and the wonderful shower head–they are all perfect. They truly are miracles. You two t00. God bless you always. Love and gratitude. Jan Royer.
To contribute to the Grandma’s Porch Fund send a check to Grandma’s Porch, c/o Age-Friendly Innovators, PO Box 688, Jacksonville, OR 97530. Make your check out to Age-Friendly Innovators and indicate Grandma’s Porch on the “For” line. Thank you.