Upkeep & Repair Program
H.O.M.E.'s three full-time Home Repair Specialists perform repairs to ensure that seniors enjoy healthy and safe living conditions in their own homes. During fiscal year 2018, they completed 885 repairs in 110 low-income senior households. Installation of bathroom grab bars, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors also help keep older adults safe in their homes. Seniors pay a $25 service fee and are asked to reimburse H.O.M.E. for materials, but the labor is free. We also benefit from the help of a volunteer from Ignatian Volunteer Corps. In 2016, 53% of home owners who responded to our survey said they would have gone without the needed repairs if H.O.M.E.’s services had not been available.
For seniors who qualify for our Upkeep and Repair Program, H.O.M.E. is offering Upkeep and Repair “Plus” as an extended service in partnership with Rush Health Systems. If the senior is interested in learning how they can more safely age at home by minimizing such risks as falling, they can request this service for no additional charge.
Rush is providing an Occupational Therapist and Registered Nurse in addition to our Home Repair Specialist to provide home visits and case management to enable seniors to improve their mobility and safety.
This is based on a successful model developed by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing known as CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders). Our goal is to enhance seniors’ quality of life and independence in their own homes!
H.O.M.E. is grateful to the Russell and Joesphine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust, The Retirement Research Foundation, Telligen Community Initiative, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for their support in this new and exciting partnership with Rush.
H.O.M.E also provides free home repairs to seniors as a delegate agency in the Chicago Department of Planning and Development’s Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors program (SARFS).