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Home Repairs Help Seniors Live Independently

Aug 28, 2017 08:46AM ● Published by Elena Hutslar

Home Repairs Help Seniors Live Independently

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach gets Help from Home Depot and MOWA

 

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS) is proud to announce it was awarded a grant from Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) and The Home Depot Foundation. The grant recognizes the work being done to support low-income seniors needing home repairs. MOWSOS was honored at the national MOWA conference in Denver this past August.

 

"Minor home repairs can be the difference between an older adult needing to leave their home or remain living in a safe environment.  We are often called upon to repair stair railings or install wheelchair ramps and fall safety devices. We are thankful to The Home Depot and MOWA for supporting our work. The recognition, the opportunity to network with other programs across the country, and the award check will make our program stronger," says Elaine Clark, chief executive officer.

 

MOWSOS operates the only countywide fall prevention program for low-income senior adults in Contra Costa County free of charge. The program identifies those in need and brings together occupational therapists, physical therapists, contractors, community partners, and nursing students to improve the lives of seniors and make their homes safe. 

 

Nine percent of clients are veterans of the armed services, and all clients are significantly in need of help. Allowing someone to remain in their home saves thousands of dollars, preserves independence, and often improves health.  The MOWSOS Fall Prevention program has been credited with reducing falls by 52%.  Home modifications are a huge part of the program.  To learn more information about MOWSOS, please visit www.mowsos.org.  

 

Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) together with national Meals on Wheels programs consistently strives to become stronger, more sustainable and able to better meet the growing demands of the most vulnerable among us. Federal and local governments, healthcare systems, businesses and communities are asked to come together to change the way this country cares for its seniors, and this change starts at every level.

 

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