CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions has received a $20,000 grant from the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership® (INHP). The grant supports CICOA’s Safe at Home program, which provides home safety and accessibility modifications that enhance mobility, promote independence, and prevent falls for older adults and people with disabilities.
With funding from INHP, materials and labor can be purchased to complete modifications such as installing stairwell handrails, bathroom grab bars and toilets that meet height standards of the American Disabilities Act. Modifications also include adding wheelchair ramps, leveling uneven floors, repairing faulty steps, and improving exterior and interior lighting.
“This generous donation from INHP will help keep those at risk of falls safer in their homes,” said Dan Amonett, director of Safe at Home and a certified aging-in-place specialist. “Falls are one of the greatest risks to older adults, and making small modifications can have a significant impact on reducing the number of falls while enabling seniors to live in their homes longer, avoiding possible institutionalization.”
CICOA is the only organization in Central Indiana targeting home accessibility modification services for the low-income senior community. Since 2002, INHP has given over $59,000 to support CICOA’s Safe at Home program and to sponsor the annual Signature Breakfast event.
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership® (INHP) increases affordable and sustainable housing opportunities for individuals and families in Marion County, and serves as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. INHP enables families to become and remain long-term, successful homeowners through homebuyer education and lending services. INHP also provides thought leadership, technical assistance, financial support and programming to community partners dedicated to neighborhood revitalization. For more information, visit INHP.org.