No More Falls! Thanks to SHR program, volunteers
Senior Home Repair Program, volunteers provide resident with new floors
Norma fell almost weekly. After one fall, Norma laid on the floor for three hours until her daughter happened to stop by to see her.
Laminate and vinyl tile floors in her living room and kitchen were loose; entire sections were scattered or missing. Her bathroom floor was soft from years of water leaking under the linoleum. Her situation was desperate; she could not safely live in her home in those conditions.
A call from her concerned home health aide brought Norma in touch with the Senior Home Repair Program. After the initial consultation with Norma, it was clear something had to be done - and quickly. Norma was not ready to live in a nursing home, mentally or physically. Her unsafe floors were threatening her future.
After an assessment by Senior Home Repair Program staff and a free assessment by Vancrest Health Center, a private donor agreed to a very special gift – supplying the funds to keep Norma safely in her home.
She now has stable, secure, carpeted and vinyl floors in all three rooms. She has a new showerhead and grab bars to help with accessibility in the restroom.
“Honey, it isn’t hard to smile now,” Norma said recently. “I’m not ashamed to have people in my home, and I’m not falling anymore.”
The Senior Home Repair Program, the donor, and Vancrest, didn’t just give Norma new floors. She was given a future in her home.
Thanks to the Senior Home Repair Program, volunteers, and generous donors, we can help seniors in Preble County live safely and with dignity.