Home Repair program receives $15,000 grant to help seniors maintain residences.
Senior Adult Services (SAS), a non-profit that has served the needs of Metrocrest seniors and caregivers for over thirty-five years, recently received a $15,000 grant from the Harold Simmons Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of all citizens by providing financial support for community based organizations. The funds will be used to underwrite the costs of home repair projects for low income residents through SAS’s Home Repair program. Residents of Addison, Carrollton, Coppell or Farmers Branch who are 60+ or handicapped may sign up for assistance through this program, which provides minor home repair and maintenance service at minimal cost. Clients pay only for materials used at their home as volunteers complete a wide range of projects that improve safety and mobility for older adults. Falls in the home are one of the leading causes of serious injury for seniors, and installing grab bars in showers can help prevent these dangerous falls from occurring. Adding a wheelchair ramp to the home of a senior who has lost their mobility enables them to get out of their house safely and can help prevent the isolation they may experience. Additional tasks outside the home such as cutting back shrubs and clearing debris or painting the exterior are also important in helping older adults remain in their homes and community.