Bath Housing is connecting housing and healthcare in innovative ways through its aging in place program. The program enables seniors to age safely in their own home by providing high quality home safety enhancements. The very small per home investment ultimately improves health outcomes and decreases medical costs. Homeowners themselves drive the process and work closely with the team to make sure their needs are met.
In October 2015, Bath Housing rolled out a new, simple home repair program. Essentially, we send our maintenance staff out into the community to do safety checks, accessibility upgrades, and minor repairs. The free program serves elderly or disabled homeowners in Sagadahoc County that meet income guidelines.
The goal is to demonstrate that small investments in home safety can extend the time low-income seniors can stay safely in their own home and reduce health care expenses while improving health outcomes.
After a participant contacts our office and verifies eligibility, we do a home visit and assessment. It starts with a basic safety check, looking at smoke detectors, CO detectors, water heater set point, dryer vent, fridge coil, light bulbs, and furnace filters. We then talk through potential accessibility upgrades with the homeowner. Often, the homeowner knows what they want or need or has recommendations from their occupational therapist. If not, we can offer suggestions. This typically includes grab bars, shower wands, shower seats, raised toilet seats, faucet levers, drawer pulls, handrails, or doorknobs replacements.
We also make minor repairs. This could include flooring repairs or upgrades, lighting improvements, gutter work, minor plumbing or electrical, or winterizing.
To participate, you must:
- Be over 60 years old, or have a disability;
- Own your home or live in a home owned by someone in your family;
- Live in Sagadahoc County; and
- Have a yearly income under:
- $40,000 (family of 1); $45,700 (family of 2); $51,400 (family of 3); $57,100 (family of 4)
If you would like more information about this program and eligibility requirements, please call Amy Liechty, Program Coordinator, at (207)443-3116.